Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 17:31
China earthquake death toll passes 400.
More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones.
The death toll in the south-western province of Yunnan had risen to 407, as concerns mounted over a barrier lake formed by a landslide blocking a river in the disaster zone.
Some state media reports speculated that the swollen waters may burst within days, potentially flooding the downstream area.
Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor destroyed 80,000 houses and seriously damaged 124,000 more, rescuers searched the rubble in the devastated, once-idyllic mountainside village of Long-tou-shan.