China Earthquake Toll Rises To 144, Search And Relief Efforts Continue

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The death toll from Monday’s powerful earthquake in China’s Gansu province has climbed to 144, with 31 fatalities confirmed in neighboring Qinghai province, marking the deadliest earthquake in the country since 2014.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck late Monday night while residents were asleep, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

The epicentre was located 63 miles from the provincial capital Lanzhou, and tremors were felt as far away as Qinghai.

According to China’s public broadcaster CGTN authorities have reported widespread damage, with thousands of homes destroyed and entire villages reduced to bricks.

In Gansu’s Haidong city, all 31 confirmed deaths to date occurred, while the remaining fatalities were scattered across other affected areas.

With winter temperatures reducing in the region, emergency efforts have focused on rescuing and relocating survivors to safer locations. Thousands have been moved to temporary shelters and tents set up in Zhongchuan township, near the epicentre.

President of china Xi Jinping has called for “all-out efforts” in rescue and relief operations, deploying nearly 3,000 firefighters, soldiers, and other emergency personnel to assist in the recovery.

The earthquake’s impact extends beyond the immediate loss of life. Infrastructure damage has disrupted transportation and communication networks, hindering rescue efforts and leaving many communities isolated.

The destruction of homes and livelihoods presents a long-term challenge for rebuilding and recovery.

The Chinese government has pledged its full support to the affected areas, promising financial aid, medical assistance, and reconstruction efforts. International organizations have also offered their condolences and assistance to the Chinese people.

As search and rescue operations continue, the full extent of the earthquake’s devastation is still unfolding. The rising death toll and widespread damage underscore the urgency of the situation, demanding a sustained commitment to providing aid and rebuilding the lives of those affected.

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