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China Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 175 as Over 1,400 Injured

Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the Zhaotong city region in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan rose to at least 175, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

More than 180 people were missing after the quake struck Longtoushan town in Zhaotong’s Ludian county at 4:30 p.m. local time yesterday, according to Xinhua. More than 2,500 troops have been dispatched to the earthquake zone to aid in rescue efforts as over 1,400 people were injured, the news agency said.

About 12,000 houses were toppled and 30,000 damaged, with transportation, electricity and telecommunications in the area cut off, Xinhua said, citing the local government.

The quake, which was felt strongly in most of Yunnan, will cause “relatively serious destruction,” the China Earthquake Administration said in a statement. The tremor is the highest- level in the province since a quake hit Yao’an county in January 2000, Xinhua reported, citing an unidentified person at the provincial earthquake bureau.

Some roads to Longtoushan are blocked by mudslides following days of rainfall, and telecommunications have been affected, Xinhua said.

To contact the Bloomberg News staff on this story: Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net

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