Beijing: Seven people were killed and 136
others injured in Tibet after the region was jolted by
Sunday`s powerful 6.8 magnitude temblor that centered in
Sikkim, the Chinese government said on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the earthquake affected about
75,000 people in 18 counties in the Xigaze and Shannan
prefectures of southwest China`s Tibet Autonomous Region, and
resulted in the evacuation of 19,000 residents, according to
China`s Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Seven people were killed and 136 others injured in Tibet.
The quake slightly damaged about 13,000 houses, with another
4,500 destroyed or severely damaged, state-run Xinhua news
Traffic, power, water supplies and telecommunications
services were disrupted shortly after the quake in Tibet`s
Yadong county, which borders Sikkim.
One of the major roads connecting Yadong with Xigaze has
resumed traffic and telecommunications services have been
restored, as local authorities manged to install an emergency
power supply system.
The ministry has sent 5,000 tents, 20,000 cotton quilts
and 20,000 articles of clothing to quake-hit areas to aid in
disaster relief efforts.
The ministry has also sent teams to the region to direct
disaster relief operations, the report said.