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China earthquake death toll increases to 598

The death toll in southern China's earthquake has increased to 589, local authorities say.

About 12,000 homes collapsed when the quake struck on Sunday afternoon, around 230 miles north-east of Yunnan province's capital, Kunming.

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China sends 2,500 troops to help with earthquake relief

China has dispatched more than 2,500 troops to help with the rescue effort after 6.3 earthquake struck the Yunnan Province in the countries south west, according to state news agency Xinhua.

A child drinks milk from a bottle at a hospital after being injured in the earthquake. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Campion

At least 175 people have been killed and 181 others are missing according to the country's Ministry of Civil Affairs. More than 1,400 people were injured, Xinhua reported.

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