Rescuers transferring a survivor in Moxi Town of Luding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, that was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, on September 5, 2022.
Rescuers transferring a survivor in Moxi Town of Luding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, that was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, on September 5, 2022.Cheng Xueli/Xinhua/IANS

65 dead in magnitude 6.8 quake in China's Sichuan province

Beijing, September 6, 2022

A total of 65 people have been killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Luding county in China's Sichuan province on Monday, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Thirty-seven people were killed in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and the other 28 died in Shimian county of Ya'an city, reports Xinhua news agency citing the authorities as saying.

Twelve people remain unaccounted for and 170 others were wounded, including 56 seriously injured.

The earthquake struck Luding at 12.52 p.m. on Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

Sichuan has activated the highest level of emergency response after the earthquake.

IANS

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