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Survivor recalls escape from home as China earthquake death toll rises to 398

Monday, August 04, 2014 - 00:33

A survivor recalls the moment his house collapsed when an earthquake hit southwest China on Sunday, leaving at least 398 dead and more than 1,800 injured, state media reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A local resident who survived an earthquake in a remote region in southwest China described how he was nearly buried by the rubble of his home on Monday (August 4). The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck around 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT) on Sunday afternoon in a remote area of Yunnan Province, killing at least 398 and injuring over 1800. In an interview with state media Chen Zehu described ,the moments immediately after the quake, which caused thousands of buildings, including a school, to collapse. He said everything shook seven or eight times. He ran out of the building and the house collapsed almost as soon as he got out. Communications have been seriously affected and roads connecting the most affected regions have been blocked by rocks that fell down after the quake. Local authorities deployed explosive devices to break the boulders blocking roads so that rescue teams are able to conduct search-and-rescue operations, CCTV reported. A team of about 100 more rescuers also arrived Ludian to join ground operations, part of a 6,000 strong rescue and relief operation, CCTV said. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also arrived the earthquake-hit site on Monday afternoon to direct rescue and relief work. The rescue team has experience helping with relief operations in both the 2008 Sichuan and 2010 Qinghai earthquakes, it added. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered at a shallow depth of less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Chinese state media said tremors were felt in the neighbouring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan. The government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, where heavy rain forecast for the coming days will add to the misery, state-run Xinhua said. The epicentre was in Longtoushan town in Yunnan's mountainous Ludian county, home to some 265,900 people, Xinhua added.

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Survivor recalls escape from home as China earthquake death toll rises to 398

Monday, August 04, 2014 - 00:33