April 20 - Television footage from the epicentre of a strong earthquake in China shows extensive damage as medical teams rush to help the many injured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Houses were reduced to rubble and residents were in a daze at China's Qinglongtang village near the epicentre of a 6.6 magnitude which hit the area early on Saturday (April 20).
State media reported at least 71 people were dead and 2,200 injured in the tremor which occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT). Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan county where the epicentre is located. Water and electricity have been cut off in that area, state media said.
Tents were set up in the compound of the People's Hospital of Lushan county to serve as emergency facilities due to fear of aftershocks, CCTV said.
The injured were being brought by ambulance from across the county, it added.
Television footage showed people holding up quits or umbrellas to provide shade for the injured who lay on the ground.
President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said that all efforts must be put into rescuing survivors to limit the death toll as much as possible. Li was on his way to Ya'an, state media said.
Xinhua said 2,000 troops were heading to the area to help with rescue efforts.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially put the magnitude at 7, but later revised it down.
In May 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the same area killing nearly 90,000 people.
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