Two killed as moderate quake shakes northwest China

June 18th, 2008 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Xi’an (China), June 18 (Xinhua) Two people were killed and one injured when an aftershock measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit northwest China’s Shaanxi province Tuesday, officials said Wednesday. According to the authorities, the quake hit the Ningqiang county Tuesday afternoon, destroying several houses and killing two people.

The injured was shifted to a nearby hospital, the earthquake relief headquarters at Hanzhong city said.

Shaanxi province was badly affected by the May 12 killer earthquake that left a trail of devastation in the province and its neighbour Sichuan province.

According to the latest official figures, the death toll from the May 12 earthquake has reached 69,172 with another 17,420 still missing as of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to cause havoc in Sichuan province forcing authorities to shift about 110,000 people to safe places out of fear of flooding and landslides.

About 50,000 people in Wenchuan county, the epicentre of the May 12 quake, have also been relocated at safer places.

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