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Rescue Crews Search For Survivors Following Deadly Earthquake In China

Rescue Crews Search For Survivors Following Deadly Earthquake In China

At least 19 people have died and nearly 250 have been injured after an natural disaster in a mountainous area of China.

The death toll from the quake that struck China's south-western Sichuan province rose to 20, with 431 injured, local authorities said on Thursday.

Two earthquakes hit western and southwestern China on Tuesday.

In July, 63 people were killed by landslides and floods in the central province of Hunan. It was measured at magnitude 6.3 by USGS and 6.6 by China's agency and was in a sparsely populated area of the Xinjiang region.

Stranded tourists and residents struggled on Wednesday to clear roads and cope with power cuts caused by a powerful quake that killed at least 19 people and injured 247 in China's Sichuan province.

Earthquakes are common in China's west, although casualties are generally low because of the sparse population density.

At least five of the dead were visitors to the popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou in the epicenter of Zhangzha town, Jiuzhaigou County.

The latest disaster hit a village in Puge county at around 6 am, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that four others were injured and one person remained missing.

CCTV said 10,500 people had been moved from damaged buildings to emergency shelters. Hundreds of people were stranded at the Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport, waiting for flights out. More than 34,000 people visited the tourist attraction Tuesday.

At least 20 people have been confirmed killed and more than 400 injured by the huge tremor. The country's quake administration said the second temblor measured 6.6.

Wang Zhibin, a police officer in Jiuzhaigou, said fallen rocks and landslides blocking roads had largely been cleared by 5am yesterday.