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China fresh quake kills 27, topples 180,000 homes

2008-08-31 12:32:03 GMT2008-08-31 20:32:03 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Earthquake survivors walk past a damaged house, following the quake hit the Lazha Village in Panzhihua of southwest China's Sichuan province Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Chinese rescue teams carrying tents, quilts and sacks of rice rushed Sunday to reach survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 27 people, turned tens of thousands of homes into rubble and cracked reservoirs. The 6.1-magnitude quake struck Sichuan province on Saturday along the same fault line as the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000.(AP Photo/Color China Photo)

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province has killed 27 people and destroyed at least 180,000 houses as of 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

In total, 22 deaths occurred in Sichuan with the rest in neighboring Yunnan Province. Another 362 were injured with three missing, the ministry said, citing figures from the civil affairs departments of the two provinces.

More than 800,000 people were affected by the disaster. About 40,000 were evacuated to safe places.

In addition, around 180,000 houses were destroyed. Three large bridges in Sichuan's Panzhihua city, the epicenter of the quake, were damaged. Cracks were found in three reservoirs.

"Some of the infrastructure in the quake zone was seriously damaged," the ministry said.

The quake struck the juncture of Renhe District in Panzhihua and Huili County in Liangshan prefecture at 4:30 p.m. (Beijing time) Saturday. The epicenter was about 50 km southeast of downtown Panzhihua, at 26.2 degrees north latitude and 101.9 degrees east longitude. It was at a depth of 10 km, the China Earthquake Administration said earlier.

A total of 6,200 tents, 3,500 quilts and 25,000 kg of rice were transferred to the quake zone. The government of quake-hit Chunxiong prefecture government set aside 350,000 yuan (about 51,200 U.S. dollars) for relief.

A work team from the ministry arrived at the quake zone on Sunday morning to direct quake relief work.

Areas affected by the quake were mostly on the southern end of the fault line of the May 12 quake that left 69,226 people dead, 17,923 missing and 374,643 others injured.

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