At least 46 people were killed and several others were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 jolted China’s Sichuan province on Monday. The Indian Embassy offered heartfelt condolences to lives lost in the earthquake.
At least 46 people were killed and several others injured on Monday when a powerful earthquake of 6.8-magnitude jolted Luding County in China’s southwest Sichuan province, whose population is already reeling under a rising number of Covid-19 cases and an unprecedented drought.
The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 12:25 pm local time, was monitored at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude at a depth of 16-km, China Earthquake Networks Centre was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency. The epicentre is 39-km away from the county seat of Luding and there are several villages within the 5-km range around the epicentre.
Official media reports quoted local officials as saying that at least 46 people were killed and over 50 others injured. Casualties were expected to go up as rescue teams fanned out into the affected areas. Among the dead, 29 were from Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, which administers Luding County, and the other 17 were from Ya’an City.
Most people of the over 21-million strong population of Chengdu spent most part of the day outside their homes as aftershocks continued to shake the area. Infrastructure, including water, electricity, transportation and telecommunication services was also damaged.
“Heartfelt condolences to lives lost in the devastating earthquake in Sichuan on September 5 and prayers for the early recovery of the injured,” the Indian Embassy here tweeted.