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International: Earthquake devastates Yunnan Province in China

The Salvation Army is providing support in Yunnan Province, China, after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday 3rd August caused widespread devastation – particularly around Ludian County, which was the epicentre.

Upwards of 600 people lost their lives in the disaster and more than 3,000 were injured. Local reports suggest that at least 80,000 houses collapsed and nearly 230,000 survivors are in need of emergency resettlement. Salvation Army emergency relief personnel have reached Ludian and connected with the local relief officials. The survivors have been placed in more than 100 resettlement points in Ludian.

Continuous aftershocks and torrential rain are causing landslides, making rescue work increasingly difficult. The water level of a lake formed between landslides continues to rise, threatening the lives of villagers and power stations should it overflow.

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