Today, at 10:03 local time, an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck China's northwestern mountainous region of Xinjiang, bordering with Kyrgyzstan. More than 1,000 houses including a school have collapsed, south east of Kaxgar where the earthquake was centered. The Chinese Red Cross (RCSC) has confirmed 150 people killed in the quake and they fear the death toll might increase. In view of the remoteness of the area and lack of communications, it is difficult to obtain accurate and up to date information. Two counties have been seriously affected. Some media reports suggest this earthquake is the worst in many years, in China.
Red Cross/Red Crescent Action
A Red Cross team including the Vice President from the Urumqi provincial branch of the Red Cross Society of China, has reached the affected area. An initial assessment will be done and information will be shared with the headquarters of the RCSC who will decide whether to launch an emergency appeal. The International Federation is standing by ready to send delegates to the affected area as soon as the RCSC gives the green light.
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