China quake damages over 12,000 houses

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Over 12,000 houses have sustained damage after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s Yunnan province, the local civil affairs department said on Saturday.

The earthquake with epicentre Baoshan city at a depth of 10 kms, occurred at 7.26 p.m. (local time) on Friday. No casualties have been reported, Xinhua news agency reported.

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According to the provincial civil affairs department, 856 people were forced to evacuate, while 168 houses collapsed and over 12,000 were damaged.

Yunnan Provincial Earthquake Administration has dispatched a 20-member team to the worst-hit area as part of emergency response procedure.

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Electricity and telecommunication have resumed and 400 tents and 700 coats are being distributed among the affected.

Mountainous Yunnan is an earthquake prone area. A 6.5 magnitude quake hit Ludian county on 3 August last year, killing more than 600 people.

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