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Earthquake hits Ya'an, Sichuan Province of China

21 April 2013 - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Lushan County in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan Province of China, on Saturday 20 April 2013 at 08:02 (UTC). The epicenter is calculated to be 30.3 north and 103.0 east, in Longmen Township of Lushan County, which is about 116 km from Sichuan’s provincial capital, Chengdu.

As aftershocks are recorded, more than a hundred have been reported dead, some are still missing and over ten thousands were injured. Over 1.52 million people in 17 perfectures from 104 counties are affected, and thousands have been evacuated.

The central government of China has sent disaster relief goods to the quake-affected areas. The government has also allocated 1 billion Yuan to cover rescue and relief work, relocation of population, living subsidy and treatment for injured people as well as support to the families with dead members.

The Health and Family Planning Commission has sent medical teams to the disaster area, composed of experts on critical care medicine, orthopaedics, anaesthesia, neurosurgery, general surgery, nursing and other related fields.

United Nations (UN) agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are in coordination with the line government agencies and collating information on damage and loss, in assessing the situation and in preparing for any further assistance upon request.

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