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Thousands Homeless after Deadly Earthquake in China - 2004-08-12


Relief workers in southwest China are working desperately to provide shelter for more than 120,000 people left homeless after a devastating earthquake.

At least four people were killed and nearly 600 injured Tuesday when the quake hit Ludian County in Yunnan province. The earthquake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale.

More than 18,000 houses were destroyed in the earthquake, and more than 60,000 were damaged. Thousands of tents, blankets and clothing are being rushed to the area by the provincial government and international relief agencies.

Officials say local hospitals are overwhelmed trying to treat the injured. Nearly 200 people suffered serious injuries.

This is the third earthquake to hit Yunnan province in the past year.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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