Among the 43 victims, 42 were from Yiliang as the epicenter was just about 15 km from Yiliang’s county seat. The other one was from Zhaoyang district of Zhaotong city, said an official with the provincial civil affairs department. The quake has disrupted the lives of over 750,000 people in Yiliang and Daguan counties as well as Zhaoyang district, which are all under the administration of Zhaotong. So far, more than 100,000 people have been evacuated, said the official, citing a report from Zhaotong’s civil affairs bureau. Preliminary investigation showed that more than 20,000 houses were damaged or had collapsed in the quake.]]>

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