» 09/07/2012, 00.00
Series of earthquakes in south-west: seven dead, dozens injured and 20 thousand homes destroyed
The shocks struck border area between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. The main earthquake at 11 am registers magnitude 5.7. The toll is still provisional in the areas reached by the first responders. The earthquake also felt in Sichuan, the scene of a devastating earthquake in May 2008.
Yunnan and Guizhou earthquake victims top 80
Premier Wen Jiabao visits area to comfort families of victims. Official sources speak of 730 injured, 6,650 houses destroyed and about 430 thousand damaged. 650 tents and 3 thousand blankets sent. People throng the streets in fear of further collapses. Some mountainous areas still isolated.
Powerful earthquake hits Gansu: dozens dead and hundreds injured
The epicenter was in Dingxi, the most populated area in the province. Taihe village razed. Electricity and communication lines down. Risks of landslides.
Catholics in Yunnan and Guizhou fear drought, fires this Easter
Farmers are too poor to afford water pipes or pump water from wells afar. Many fear fires could engulf their churches. At least 18 million people and 11 million heads of livestock are suffering from the effects of drought.
Aceh magnitude 6.1 earthquake, at least 22 dead and over 200 injured
Avalanches and landslides are hampering relief operations for earthquake victims. Thousands of homes and buildings damaged. In some areas the population has slept outdoors, given the multiple aftershocks. Six children killed, 14 others still trapped, in the collapse of a mosque. Interruptions in electricity supply.
Java quake damage worse than tsunami: reconstruction to cost 3 billion dollars
Estimates of damage done to buildings are rising: 157,000 homes have been destroyed, 30,000 more than those destroyed in the wake of the 2004 freak wave. Around 420,000 people are homeless.
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