Quake in mountainous region in China kills at least 19, injures 247


The Chinese Red Cross Foundation has sent work teams to verify the casualties and damage, and has allocated 100,000 yuan (over 14,914 USA dollars) for emergency aid.

All domestic and foreign tourists, who came to visit the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in Jiuzhaigou, have been transported out of the disaster area.

The Sichuan government added that 45,000 tourists had been evacuated from the quake zone with just 1,000 more still waiting to leave.

Chinese paramilitary police search for survivors after an quake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China August 9, 2017.

Stranded passengers rest at the departure hall of Jiuzhaigou airport. The epicenter of the quake was located some 280-300 kilometers away from the provincial capital Chengdu, at the depth of 20 kilometers.

Rescue workers today found 16 people trapped at a scenic spot called Panda Sea in Jiuzhaigou. China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that at least five of the dead were tourists and 28 people had serious injuries. According to the Legal Evening News, they were acting out a scene about the deadly 2008 quake that struck nearby and killed almost 90,000 people.

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Premier Li Keqiang urged local authorities to go all out in relief and monitoring work. More than 9,000 local residents have been housed in emergency shelters.

State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of orange-suited rescuers finding the body and using detectors to search for survivors in the dark of night, carrying a girl to safety and leading other people along a rubble-strewn road.

The disease control and prevention center has sent a team to assess health risks and prevent epidemics. "There were more than 30 guests at my hostel, I have to start fires to keep them warm..."

"We are willing to help and provide all necessary assistance" in order to minimize the damage incurred by the disaster, the Presidential Office said in a statement.

A landslide in June in another part of Sichuan killed 10, with more than 70 still listing as missing.