Yunnan Quake: Death Toll Exceeds 400, New Risks Threaten Survivors

Excavators slowly clear the landslide blocking the road into the quake-affected area. (Screenshot/zgjtb.com)
Excavators slowly clear the landslide blocking the road into the quake-affected area. (Screenshot/zgjtb.com)

The number of deaths from the magnitude-6.1 quake that jolted Yunnan Province on August 3 has risen to 410, and more victims are expected to be found now that four days have passed since the disaster.

Compounding the rescue efforts are a series of landslides spanning 11 miles of the road that accesses the remote village. So far, only about one mile has been excavated.

Other landslides have created barrier lakes, and their water levels are rising, endangering around 800 people who live downstream, according to state mouthpiece Xinhua.

Villagers are doing their best to help survivors, and some people have had to to dig out their family members by hand, and then carry them to hospital.

Around 12,000 buildings are thought to have collapsed during the temblor with modern dwellings being the worst affected.

This three-story wooden house was built in 1949, and remained standing even at the epicenter, and after being through other strong quakes in the past, protecting two boys sleeping inside.

An old house that survived the quake, and kept two boys safe inside. (Screenshot/Sina News)

An old house that survived the quake, and kept two boys safe inside. (Screenshot/Sina News)

Translated research by Iris.

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