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China reopens roads to earthquake epicenter, death toll rises to 74


By Reuters IST (Released)

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The China Earthquake Networks Center recorded a magnitude 3 aftershock at the epicenter on Wednesday, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles).

China has reopened roads leading to the epicenter of Monday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake in southwestern Sichuan province and traffic has resumed, state media reported on Wednesday, while the death toll has risen to 74.

In addition, a total of 259 people were injured in the disaster and 26 were still missing as of Tuesday evening, the People’s Daily reported. The strongest earthquake to hit the province since 2017 destroyed many buildings and caused severe damage to electricity and water infrastructure as well as telecommunications.

Rescuers raced to reach stranded people, restore utilities and send emergency relief, as 11,000 people were evacuated Tuesday from Luding County, where the quake was centered.

Early Wednesday, the China Earthquake Networks Center recorded a magnitude 3 aftershock at the epicenter, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles).

Meteorologists also warned of the prospect of heavy rain in the region through Friday.

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