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China's Sichuan natural disaster death toll rises to 12

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Patty Aguilar | 18 June, 2019, 21:53

Rescuers search for quake survivors in the rubble of a building in Yibin, in China's southwest Sichuan province early, June 18, 2019.

The death toll from a strong natural disaster which hit the southern Chinese province of Sichuan late on Monday night has risen to 12, with 134 people injured.

State broadcaster CCTV broadcast footage of rescuers pulling a survivor out of another collapsed building on a stretcher.

More than 10,000 rooms within an undisclosed number of buildings were moderately damaged while 12 collapsed, according to Yibin authorities.

Images from Changning County showed an electricity pole knocked down on the roof of a building, a hole in a brick home andbroken windows on the street.

There were several aftershocks, the China Earthquake Administration said.

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The US Geological survey also sent a tweet about the natural disaster.

A series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1, took place in the following 40 minutes.

More than 100,000 people were affected - mostly in the epicentre at Changning county in Yibin city, while more than 10,000 buildings were damaged, according to a statement by the local government on Tuesday.

State media released the death toll and said rescuers had pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors.

A three-second headstart before an quake strikes can prevent 14 percent of casualties, it said.

The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said hundreds of firefighters arrived early Tuesday and had rescued eight trapped people.

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