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China: In the Field

Reporting from China, FRANCE 24's correspondents bring you the full story from the Sichuan province, devastated by a powerful earthquake on May 12.

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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked China on May 12, reportedly the most powerful to hit the country since 1976. The southwestern province of Sichuan, where the epicentre was located, suffered the worst damage.

 

40,000 people have died according to the latest official figures. But local authorities say nearly 30,000 people are still missing and a further 5,000 are believed to be buried under the rubble.

 

Thousands of rescuers have been dispatched to the region. But their progression to the most remote areas of this moutainous region has been slowed by the mudslides and other obstacles blocking the roads.

FRANCE 24’s special correspondents Henry Morton and Sébastien le Bélzic travelled to the quake epicentre to meet survivors and rescue teams.

 


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