Earthquakes affect 120,000 and cause $240m loss in SW China
September 03, 2013 - 10:54:39 am
DEQEN, Yunnan: A series of earthquakes last week have affected the lives of more than 120,000 people in a prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
The government of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Deqen said a 5.1-magnitude quake and a 5.9-magnitude quake that hit the province on August 28 and 31, respectively, have caused a direct economic loss of nearly US $ 240 Million or 1.5 billion yuan and affected more than 120,000 people there, a Xinhua news agency report said.
According to statistics released by the government, as of 12 am on Monday, three people had been killed and 44 others injured in the counties of Shangri-La and Deqen, the worst-hit areas in the quakes.
Following the two quakes and 753 aftershocks in the prefecture, 596 houses there have collapsed, and 14,359 houses and more than 870 km of road have been damaged.
Quake and aftershock-triggered landslides have also suspended telecommunication, power and water supply in Deqen, Xinhua said. (QNA)