Death toll in China earthquake rises to 617

Death toll in China earthquake rises to 617

Beijing: The death toll from the earthquake in China’s remote and mountainous Yushu county, Qinghai province, has risen to 617, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Convoys with food, tents and medicine are rumbling into Yushu, where most buildings were ruined by the 6.9 magnitude quake early on Wednesday morning.

Survivors in the ethnic Tibetan town spent the night huddled under blankets while temperatures dropped below freezing.

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