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Rescuers near end of China quake search

Published on Sep 9, 2012 4:57 PM
Rescue workers on Sept 9, 2012 remove the body of a 56 year old villager killed by a landslide after a series of earthquakes hit Yiliang County, Yunnan Province on Sept 7. -- PHOTO: AFP  

YILIANG, China (AFP) - Rescuers searching for survivors from earthquakes in China that killed at least 81 people were on Sunday striving to reach the final isolated pockets after combing more than 90 per cent of the remote area.

China National Radio reported that search and rescue teams were close to completing their sweep of the mountainous region after two 5.6-magnitude quakes rocked southwestern Guizhou and Yunan provinces on Friday.

The quakes also injured at least 820 people and displaced 201,000 in the resource-rich but impoverished region. As rescue efforts continued, a steady stream of ambulances offloaded the bloodstained injured at a hospital in Yiliang, the county worst hit by the quakes, which demolished more than 7,000 homes.

Officials at the crowded hospital set up about 20 tents on its grounds to ensure there was enough space to deal with the influx but the blazing midday sun ensured there was no comfort for patients.

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