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April 24, 2013

China earthquake: Sichuan province 2013

A powerful earthquake hit the Sichuan province of China near Ya'an city over the weekend reportedly killing some 200 people. Thousands of rescue workers have been deployed to help feed, treat, and house the displaced residents and help clear roads blocked by landslides in the remote area. The quake comes just short of five years after a massive quake in the same region killed some 70,000 people. -- Lloyd Young ( 46 photos total)

A woman whose relatives were killed in Saturday's earthquake cries while sitting on a pile of rubble in Lingguan township in Baoxing county of southwest China's Sichuan province on April 22. The earthquake in Sichuan province killed some 200 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya'an city, along the same fault line where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 70,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring areas five years ago in one of China's worst natural disasters. (Associated Press)

Rescuers save an injured woman after an earthquake hit Baosheng Township in Lushan County, Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on April 20. Rescuers poured into a remote corner of southwestern China on Sunday. (Xinhua/Reuters) #

People running during aftershocks to avoid falling rocks on their way to the city of Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China that has left some 200 dead. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A Chinese soldier helps a man to search belongings in his broken house due to earthquake in Lushan country, southwestern China's Sichuan province, on April 21. (Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A Chinese man carries his injured son in a makeshift hospital in Taiping town of Lushan County, Sichuan Province, China, on April 23. The death toll rose to at least 188 by April 22, with 25 people missing and 11,950 injured, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. The ministry said 1.72 million people were affected by the quake, while an initial estimate by the International Red Cross on Saturday put the number needing emergency shelter, water and food at 120,000. The China Earthquake Administration (CEA) recorded a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, while the US Geological Survey said it had measured 6.9. (How Hwee Young/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Survivor Chen Zhirong comforts her 18-month-old son next to debris at a village on the second day after an earthquake hit Longmen township of Lushan county, Sichuan province, on April 21. (Jason Lee/Reuters) #

Rescuers and residents use a wooden door to transport an injured man near Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 20. (Reuters) #

Injured people receive medical treatment at the People's Hospital after a strong magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county, Sichuan province, on April 20. (Xinhua/Reuters) #

A general view shows landslide in the Baoxing country, southwestern China's Sichuan province, on April 22. (Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man recovers his wedding photo from the wreckage of his house after Saturday's earthquake in Longmen township of Lushan county, Sichuan province, on April 21. Rescuers struggled to reach a remote, rural corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 208 with almost 1,000 serious injuries. (Rooney Chen/Reuters) #

A damaged Buddha statue is seen beside a road on the second day after an earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya'an, Sichuan province, on April 22. (Jason Lee/Reuters) #

A child gets treatment in a military field hospital in the county seat of Lushan in Sichuan province, China, on April 22. The efforts under way in the mountainous province after a quake Saturday that killed some 200 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction long considered a crucial leadership test in China since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press) #

Earthquake survivors rest in a military field hospital in the county seat of Lushan in Sichuan province, China, on April 22. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press) #

Residents walking home on the road full of fallen rocks in the disaster-hit area in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province on April 21. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A man walking on a road blocked by fallen rocks after an earthquake in Taiping township, Lushan county, in the city of Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Yang Huan cries while waiting for workers to clear a landslide, in which she believes her husband is buried, after Saturday's earthquake, near Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 22. Rescuers struggled to reach a remote, rural corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing climbed. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

People walk next to a crack on the road after Saturday's earthquake in Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 21. (China Daily/Reuters) #

A clock is seen amidst the debris of a collapsed house after a strong earthquake, at Longmen village, Lushan county, Ya'an, Sichuan province, on April 20. The earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China's Sichuan province. (Reuters) #

A rescuer walks in front of a damaged building after Saturday's earthquake in Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 22. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

Policemen having a meeting under the light of an electric light at a temporary settlement in Lingguan Middle School in Baoxing county of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers on April 22 as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A girl holding a candle in her hands while people gather to pray for disaster-hit Yaan in Daqing, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on April 21. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers on April 22 as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Students light candles to pray for quake victims on April 22 in Shaoxing, China. (Chinafotopress/Getty Images) #

Villagers carry the coffin of a man killed after the earthquake hit Lushan, Sichuan Province, on April 22. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A man cries as he burns offering in front of the body of his relative after Saturday's earthquake, in Qingren township of Lushan county, Sichuan province, on April 21. (Reuters) #

Chinese paramilitary policemen direct people to walk on rocks fallen due to a landslide triggered by a strong quake in Baosheng township of Lushan county, in southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. (Associated Press) #

A woman stands on a collapsed house in Longmen township, one of the seriously-damaged towns in disaster-hit Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 23. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A view of a bedroom damaged by the earthquake in Longmen Village, of Lushan County, Sichuan Province, China, on April 22. (European Pressphoto Agency) #

Tents on the playground in a middle school in Tianquan county of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province on April 22. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers on April 22 as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman looks at her child as they rest among the wreckage after Saturday's earthquake in Lingguan town of Baoxing county on April 21. (China Daily/Reuters) #

People watch TV news at a temporary settlement in Lingguan Middle School in Baoxing county of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy plays with his mother in a temporary settlement in Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Children play near tents set up in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck the county seat of Lushan in southwestern China's Sichuan province, on April 22. After dynamiting through landslide-blocked roads, Chinese relief crew hurried food, water and other supplies into the rural hills of Sichuan province Monday, two days after the earthquake. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press) #

People gather to charge their phones and electric bikes at a temporary power supply station in Longmen township in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. Thousands of rescue workers combed through flattened villages in southwest China on April 21 in a race to find survivors from a powerful quake. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Earthquake survivors line up for free food in the rain on April 23 in Lushan of Ya An, China. (Getty Images) #

Local residents having a family gathering meal outside their damaged home after the earthquake in Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province on April 22. Tens of thousands of homeless survivors of China's devastating quake are living in makeshift tents or on the streets, facing shortages of food and supplies as well as an uncertain future. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A child watches as others sleep in a temporary shelter under a bridge in the disaster-hit area in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A driver looks out of his window as vehicles are stuck in traffic at an intersection for roads into disaster areas in Lushan County of Ya'an, Sichuan Province, China, on April 22. (European Pressphoto Agency) #

Residents in Lingguan township of Baoxing county gather on the street with banners saying "I am cold and hungry" to appeal for support and attention about the relief supply shortage after the earthquake in Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 23. Landslides caused by aftershocks has been isolating Baoxing county, making it hard for relief supply to reach the seriously damaged Lingguan Township.Tens of thousands of homeless survivors of China's devastating quake are living in makeshift tents or on the streets, facing shortages of food and supplies as well as an uncertain future. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Rescuers take a break on the road in the disaster-hit area in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

People fall asleep at the power supply station at a temporary settlement in Lingguan Middle School in Baoxing county of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Children salute passing vehicles carrying rescuers and volunteers as they hold cardboards with messages of gratitude, after Saturday's earthquake, in Lushan county, Sichuan province, on April 23. (Jianan Yu/Reuters) #

A rescue worker sterilizes a damaged house after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, Ya'an, Sichuan province, on April 22. Hundreds of survivors of an earthquake that killed nearly 200 people in southwest China pushed into traffic on a main road on Monday, waving protest signs, demanding help and shouting at police. (Darley Shen/Reuters) #

Rescuers working to clear up the blocked road to Baoxing county, in the city of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers on April 22 as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A rescuer sitting by the side of a blocked road to monitor fallen rocks on the way to Baoxing county, in the city of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A survivor reacts as she stands in her damaged house after a strong earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya'an, Sichuan province, on April 21. (Jason Lee/Reuters) #

A Chinese national flag is placed on ruins of damaged houses in Longmen township, one of the seriously-damaged towns in disaster-hit Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 23. Clogged roads, debris and landslides impeded rescuers on April 22 as they battled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China. (AFP/Getty Images) #
 
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