KUNMING: The death toll in a 5-magnitude earthquake that struck Qiaojia county in Yunnan province has risen to four, with 24 others injured, local authorities said.
Local public security, firefighters and emergency response teams have been rushed to the area.
The Yunnan disaster reduction committee office and the provincial emergency response department have sent a working group to the disaster area to assist and guide the earthquake relief work.
A mining rescue team from Zhaotong City is on the way as well.
Meanwhile, the Zhaotong fire department has dispatched 91 firefighters, 19 fire engines and four sniffer dogs to join the rescue.
Xinhua reporters yesterday morning saw rescuers approaching Yakou village, Xiaohe township in the epicentre of Qiaojia.
The earthquake damaged 10 telecom base stations. Workers have fixed five of them. — Xinhua
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