A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale struck Pu'er City in Yunnan Province. About 180,000 people have been displaced and 90,000 houses have collapsed following the disaster.
Natural Disasters Kill 65 in 2007
Natural disasters had killed 65 Chinese people by June 4 this year, the Office of the State Flood Control and Draught Relief Headquarters said on Tuesday.
A total of 10 million people and 514,650 hectares of crops were affected by the disasters, said Zhang Zhitong, deputy chief of the office, adding that the country's major rivers see calm flow at present.
According to the office, frequent rainstorms hit Chongqing city and provinces of Hubei, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Anhui in May. The branches of Jinsha River in southwestern Yunnan Province and Ganjiang River in central Jiangxi Province saw their water level exceed the warning lines.
The rainstorms caused flood and landslides in these regions while the northern areas suffered severe drought as a result of high temperature and lack of rainfall, said Zhang.
By May 31, 10.32 million people and 10.26 million livestocks had suffered temporary drinking water shortage and 10.7 million hectares of arable land were affected by the drought, according statistics with the office.
Disaster Relief Goods Transported to Quake Victims
Makeshift tents are built to serve as temporary shelters for seism-stricken residents in Ning'er, southwest China's Yunan Province June 4. The first batch of disaster relief goods have been transported to Ning'er, where a magnitude 6.4 earth quake took place on Sunday, killing three, injuring at least 300 and forcing the evacuation of 120,000 people.
A boy and his granny have their meal in a makeshift tent.
Jet Li's Charity Fund Joins Relief for Yunnan Earthquake
Chinese martial-arts superstar Jet Li's new charity fund, the One Foundation, has donated 100,000 yuan (US$13,085) to the earthquake-hit citizens in southwestern Yunnan Province.
An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the Ning'er county of the Pu'er city on Sunday Morning, injuring more than 300 people. As of Tuesday, three people have been confirmed dead, including a four-year-old boy.
Jet Li contacted his fund partner, the Red Cross Society of China, immediately upon hearing the news. The donation arrived at the disaster-hit area on the second day of the quake, according to one-foundation.com, the official website for the fund.
180,000 Displaced After Strong Quake
About 180,000 people have been displaced and 90,000 houses have collapsed following the earthquake in Yunnan Province, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
At least three people, including a four-year-old boy, were killed and 313 injured in the quake that hit the tea-producing Pu'er City and its surrounding area early on Sunday morning, when most people were in bed. Twenty-eight seriously injured people are still receiving treatment in the hospital.
The area has been rocked by 1,026 aftershocks, three of which measured more than 3.0 on the Richter scale with the largest registering 5.1. Experts warn of the possibility of more aftershocks.
More than 2,000 army troops and armed police have joined the rescue efforts in the county.
3 Dead, 300 Injured in Yunnan Quake
Three people have been confirmed dead, and at least 300 injured after a strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday.
The dead included a four-year-old boy, who was sleeping with his mother when the earth-built walls of their house collapsed in the quake and buried them. The mother was rescued but efforts to reach the boy failed.
The quake shook the old downtown area of Ning'er at 5:34 AM, with the epicenter at 23 degrees north and 101.1 degrees east, according to the China Earthquake Administration.
Twenty seriously injured people have been transferred to the city's hospitals.
"The house was shaking hard," said Zhu Shoukang, a 60-year-old man in a residential area of the county. He was sleeping when the quake occurred. He immediately hid himself under the bed and managed to come out of the house during the intervals of the quake.
Two Dead in Yunnan Quake
Two people have been confirmed dead and over 300 others injured after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale struck southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday.
The quake shook the old downtown area of Hani and Yi Autonomous County of Ning'er, in Pu'er City, at 5:34 AM, with the epicenter at 23 degrees north and 101.1 degrees east, according to the China Earthquake Administration.
The quake also forced the evacuation of 120,000 residents, said a spokesman for the provincial civil affairs department.
The local seismic bureau had recorded 14 aftershocks of at least 2.5 magnitude by 10:50 AM. The strongest occurred at 10:49 AM. with a magnitude of 5.1, centered at 23.02 degrees north and 101.06 degrees east.
Some homes were destroyed and roads are severely damaged. Communications, water and power supplies to the county were also affected.
(China.org.cn, June 2007)