11,000 relocated after SW China quake

Xinhua, April 19, 2013

More than 11,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas after a 5.0-magnitude quake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province two days ago, local authorities said on Friday.

Local villagers have dinner by their shelter tents at a settlement site at Changyi Village of Liantie Township in Eryuan County under Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province , April 17, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two injured people remain in hospital. Another 12 have been discharged after treatment, according to the Dali Bai autonomous prefectural government.

The quake, which hit the border area between Eryuan and Yangbi counties in Dali on Wednesday, left 14 residents injured. A total of 493 houses collapsed and many others were damaged. Nearly 130,000 people were affected.

The local government has allocated several thousand quilts, items of clothing and tents and a disaster relief fund of 2.8 million yuan (about 448,000 U.S. dollars) to the quake-hit area.

Yunnan is prone to earthquakes. Multiple quakes, measuring up to 5.7 on the Richter scale, struck Yiliang and neighboring areas in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces on Sept. 7, killing 81 people.