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Scores dead in China earthquake

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Rescue efforts are underway in southwest China where a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people and left thousands more injured. The quake measuring 6.6 magnitude hit a remote area of Sichuan province on Saturday (April 20). At the epicentre in Lushan county, rescuers have already pulled more than 30 people alive from underneath collapsed buildings. Water and electricity have been cut off, leaving concerns about the welfare of survivors. As a number of powerful aftershocks hit the area, a hospital set up an open-air emergency facility to help the injured. People have been arriving from across the county. Many say they were hit by falling rubble as they fled their homes. State media says thousands of troops are on their way to help with the rescue operation and to distribute supplies. The quake happened close to area where 70,000 died when another powerful hit in 2008.

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