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Friday, April 16, 2010

Death Toll Rises in China Earthquake

Tibetan monks carry the body of a victim who died during an earthquake in Yushu county

The death toll from a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday (April 14th) in China’s Yushu, Qinghai province has risen to nearly 1,200, according to Chinese media. Nearly 48 hours after the devastating earthquake struck, initially killing at least 617 people and injuring more than 10,000, Chinese relief workers are racing against the clock to pull survivors from the rubble. China’s director general of the Disaster Relief Department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs Zou Ming told that nearly 15,000 homes have been destroyed around Yushu province and more than 100,000 people have fled the area.

Islamic Relief USA, along with its international partners, continues to monitor the situation to see how best it can assist in relief efforts.

In 2008, Islamic Relief USA provided food, water, shelter, and medical care to those affected by the destructive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the Sichuan province of China. To learn more, click here. To donate to Islamic Relief and help in relief efforts around the world, click here.
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