The death toll of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred on Saturday morning in southwest China’s Sichuan Province has risen to 188 as of Monday noon, according to Sichuan provincial authorities on Monday.
At a press conference held in provincial capital in Chengdu on Monday, the provincial government released the latest number of casualties in the quake that rocked Ya’an city and surrounding areas.
Apart from the deaths, 11,400 people have been injured, 25 others listed as missing and a total of 1,735,855 people in Sichuan have been affected by the earthquake, said Hou Xiongfei, director of Sichuan Government Information Office.
And more than 222,000 local residents have been relocated, he said.
Authorities also said 10,579 have been hospitalized while 4,312 were discharged after treatment.
Over 22,000 people have been involved in the rescue operations, which also included fixing telecommunication facilities, restoring traffic and distributing relief supplies, authorities said during the press conference.
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