Sichuan quake: Toll rises to 164, injuries at 6,700
YA'AN, China (REUTERS) - Rescuers poured into a remote corner of south-western China on Sunday as the death toll from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 164 with more than 6,700 injured, state media said.
The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an in the south-western province of Sichuan, at a depth of 12 km, close to where a devastating 7.9 temblor hit in May 2008 killing some 70,000.
Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, a short drive up the valley from Ya'an, but rescuers' access was hampered by the narrowness of the road and landslides.
"The Lushan county centre is getting back to normal, but the need is still considerable in terms of shelter and materials,"said Kevin Xia of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.