Death toll surpasses 200 after China earthquake

Rescuers struggled to reach a remote corner of south western China today, as the toll of the dead and missing from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 203 with more than 11,000 injured.

Song Zhengqiong, a survivor, cries in front of her damaged house. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee

The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, a short drive up the valley from Ya'an, but rescuers' progress was hampered by the narrowness of the road and landslides, as well as government controls restricting access to avoid traffic jams.

"The Lushan county centre is getting back to normal, but the need is still considerable in terms of shelter and materials," said Kevin Xia of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

"Supplies have had difficulty getting into the region because of the traffic jams. Most of our supplies are still on the way," Xia said.

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