The death toll from the earthquake in China has risen to 82

BEIJING: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southwest China has risen to 82, state media reported Thursday, as rain and possible mudslides threaten the search for dozens missing person
The magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck about 43 kilometers (26 miles) southeast of the city of Kangding in Sichuan province at a depth of 10 kilometers on Monday, according to the US Geological Survey, forcing thousands of resettle in temporary camps.
State broadcaster CCTV said 46 people died in Ganzi prefecture near the epicenter, while 36 deaths were reported in the nearby city of Ya’an.
More than 270 were injured, while the number of missing remained at 35, CCTV reported.
The national weather service said moderate rain will continue in the earthquake-affected area on Thursday and Friday, with some localized heavy showers.
“Since the geological conditions after the earthquake are fragile in nature, and the effect of additional rainfall can lead to landslides and mudslides, the local area needs to be careful of secondary disasters,” said meteorological administration of China.
The People’s Liberation Army, paramilitary police, and fire rescue services sent more than 10,000 workers to the area, continuing to search and clear the remote countryside.
Rescuers braved flash floods and landslides caused by aftershocks to move villagers from damaged homes, often having to drag them across mountainous terrain with ropes and stretchers.
“We also crossed the water to get to Xingfu village. The mountain streams contain rocks… the rocks you can’t see in the water pose the biggest threat to us,” said a member of the rescue team. named Tan Ke on CCTV.
“We quickly used ropes to make a human ladder… when we first waved, the water was knee and thigh high. By the time we got to safety, the flash flood was waist high.”
More than 22,000 people have been relocated to 124 temporary sites in Ganzi and Ya’an, the state-owned People’s Daily newspaper reported.
The paper said more than 21,000 students and staff at a school in Shimian county — where Ya’an is located — were safely evacuated within a minute of the quake.
About 1,800 schools in the area reopened on Wednesday, it added.
Workers raced to repair hundreds of kilometers of power and optical cables, with communications in affected areas “generally restored” on Thursday, China Youth Daily reported.
Local authorities have received more than 100 million yuan ($14 million) in disaster relief donations so far, the report said.
The quake also shook buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu — where millions are confined to their homes under a strict curfew. Lockdown for covid-19 — and in the nearby megacity of Chongqing, residents told AFP.