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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 11:10
China earthquake toll nears 600
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Almost 600 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that hit Yunnan province on Sunday.

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck a mountainous area, destroying thousands of houses and triggering landslides.

A total of 589 people were killed and nine were missing and More than 2,400 people were hurt.

Several roads have been blocked and there are concerns about barrier lakes formed when debris blocks rivers.

The quake's epicentre was in Longtoushan Township in Ludian County, a region with steep hills and narrow roads.
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