April 21 - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang flies into the disaster zone to direct earthquake relief operations and visit the injured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang flew to the disaster zone after a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of south-western China's Sichuan province on Saturday (April 20), killing at least 164 people and injuring about 6,700.
On a flight to Sichuan, Li told officials that all efforts must be put into rescuing victims to limit the death toll, state television CCTV showed.
The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya'an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, a short drive up the valley from Ya'an, but rescuers' access was hampered by the narrowness of the road and landslides.
After arriving at a military airport in Qionglai city, Li boarded a helicopter and flew to Lushan, said CCTV.
Li visited a shelter in Lushan county, voiced his support for the injured, and praised the hard work of the medical workers there, it added.
Li then went to the worst-hit Longmenxiang township, talking to local villagers and pledging to help with rebuilding work.
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