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China: Earthquake in Ludian county (Yunnan) - Aug 2014

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On 3 Aug 2014 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 at a depth of 12 km hit Longtoushan township in Ludian county in China's southwestern Yunnan province. As of 7 Aug, 615 people had been killed, 3,143 had been injured and 114 people were still missing. 230,000 had been relocated. Rescue teams were still combing the rubble in search of survivors. 80,900 houses were destroyed, 120,100 were seriously and 466,100 slightly damaged. In Yengan village, 90 per cent of houses have been reported damaged. Concerns of continuing landslides and risk of flooding in certain areas due to wet season are mounting. Fears over mass disease outbreaks are high due to lack of access to safe water and proper sanitation methods. The number of fatalities and injuries are expected to rise as remote villages become accessible. (ACAPS, 8 Aug 2014)