China govt: 157 dead and more than 5,700 injured

A total of 157 people have been killed and more than 5,700 injured after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit China's Sichuan province today, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Thirty-three counties in 12 cities of the province have been affected by the disaster, the ministry added.

Nearly 900 houses were damaged in nearby Yunnan province, and the quake-triggered landslides killed one in the Liuba County of Shaanxi Province.