China quake death toll rises

The number of those killed in a 7 magnitude earthquake in China on Saturday has surpassed 200. More than 11,000 people have been injured.

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Woman gives birth after rescue from China quake

Police officers in China's Sichuan province rescue pregnant woman. Credit: China Central Television

A pregnant woman has been rescued from the rubble, after a powerful earthquake hit China's south western province of Sichuan, China's state news agency Xinhua is reporting.

Zhao Dan, 30, was reported to be eight months pregnant. She was then taken to Ya'an City People's Hospital for treatment, where she gave birth, according to the state news agency.

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China's PM: First 24 hours most important to save lives

China's premier Li Keqiang arrives en route to earthquake disaster zone in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Credit: Reuters

China's premier Li Keqiang has said all efforts must be put into rescuing victims to limit the death toll, after an earthquake struck China's south western province of Sichuan.

After arriving in the disaster zone by helicopter, Li directed earthquake relief efforts from a plaza in Longmen township on Lushan, state news agency Xinhua said.

The premier told the news agency: "The current most urgent issue is grasping the first 24 hours since the quake's occurrence, the golden time for saving lives".

British aid workers help victims of China earthquake

British aid workers are coordinating an emergency response to the earthquake in China that has left over 100 people dead.

Rescue workers sit on the debris of destroyed houses after the earthquake. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Staff from charity World Vision are set to distribute hygiene kits and child-friendly kits to families made homeless by the 6.6 magnitude quake.

A British Red Cross spokesman said the charity was mobilising 5,000 kits of household items, 5,000 quilts, 5,000 warm jackets and 1,200 tents for the survivors.

Meanwhile, he said the Chinese Red Cross has sent emergency teams who are are skilled in search and rescue and relief to the area.

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