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Earthquake in China's Yunnan province razes an estimated 22,550 houses
Earthquake in China's Yunnan province razes an estimated 22,550 houses

The rising death toll from a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southwestern China's Yunnan province is putting the spotlight on the poor quality of construction in the rugged, mountainous terrain. By late Monday, 398 people were reported dead and 1,891 injured from the quake in Ludian County, 277 miles north of Kunming, the provincial capital. More than 22,550 houses collapsed and nearly 200,000 others were damaged, according to an assessment by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. The rescue effort was hindered by torrential rains, mudslides, flooding and the complicated mountain topography. The earthquake may have damaged several hydroelectric dams. A...

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