The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 10, 2012
 

China quake survivors await shelter, expect rain

 
 

BEIJING (AP) - Survivors of multiple earthquakes in south-western China waited for shelter and other supplies on Monday amid forecasts of heavy rains that are likely to hinder ongoing search efforts.

The earthquakes on Friday in a mountainous area toppled thousands of homes and sent boulders tumbling down slopes, killing 81 people and injuring more than 800. They struck a region of small farms and mines near the border between Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, where some of China's poorest people live.

About 60,000 residents from Jiaokui town in Yiliang county, about 3km from the epicentre of one of the earthquakes, had been evacuated to open spaces, an official said. He added that only the older survivors had tents, and that food, water, cotton quilts, clothes and medicine were also needed.

The official Xinhua News Agency cited local authorities as saying mobile phone services in the quake-hit areas had been basically restored.