International children's development organisation Plan International has said it has started it emergency response after a powerful earthquake hit China's Sichuan province.
Plan China country director Mark Leighton:
Meeting the needs of children is an urgent priority of our emergency response. There will be affected children in outlying and difficult to reach rural areas. Our emergency response team are heading to the worst-affected zones.
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.