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".
We drove through the worst affected areas, and there was damage all along the roads. This earthquake has caused devastation and despair.
More than 100 have died and 5,700 have been injured in an earthquake in China. Many were trapped under buildings near Ya'an in Sichuan.
A powerful earthquake struck China's south western Sichuan province today, leaving 157 dead and more than 5,700 injured.