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24 Nov 1998 description

In China, a series of earthquakes has left tens of thousands of people homeless and facing freezing overnight temperatures in the country's south-west.

China correspondent Michael Cavanagh reports.

Its estimated around four and a half thousand are injured from the quakes which occurred late last week, although significant details are now only being made public. The number hurt is nearly three times what was originally stated. Three hundred and fifty are said to be serious.

08 Nov 1988 description


UNDRO 88/2473
CHINA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
8 NOVEMBER 1988

1. ON 6 NOVEMBER EARTHQUAKE 7.6 DEGREE ON RICHTER SCALE HIT SOUTHWEST CHINA IN LANCANG AND MENGLIAN COUNTIES OF YUNNAN PROVINCE. EPICENTRE 23 DEGREES NORTH, 101 DEGREES EAST. NUMBER OF AFTERSHOCKS STILL CONTINUING. LANCANG HAS POPULATION OF 392,000 AND LOCATED 400KM SOUTH OF KUNMING, CAPITAL CITY OF PROVINCE NEAR BURMESE BORDER. ROADS LINKING TOWN OF SIMAO TO DISASTER AREA HAVE BEEN CUT. SIMAO HAS NEAREST CIVIL AIRPORT TO AFFECTED AREA.