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Grim reality sets in for China quake survivors

Published on Aug 5, 2014 12:18 PM
A man sits on a sofa next to his collapsed house as rescuers try to find his wife and child who were buried underneath the debris after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan province on Aug 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONGTOUSHAN, China (AFP) - Rescuers searched in the rubble of a quake-struck Chinese village on Tuesday, with relatives facing the stark probability that only the remains of their loved ones could be found.

Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged.

Li Shanyan watched anxiously as rescuers dug through the debris of her home in Longtoushan, the epicentre of the quake, searching for her 71-year-old aunt.

"We could still hear her yesterday morning," said Li, 35. "(The rescuers) dug for a whole day and couldn't find her."

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