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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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Strong quake in southwestern China kills at least 175

At least 175 people died after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in southwestern China.

Hundreds of houses collapsed after an earthquake hit Ludian county. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

More than 180 people are missing and 1,400 injured in a remote area of Yunnan province, where thousands of buildings, including a school, collapsed after the quake.

Policemen carry an injured resident after an earthquake hit Ludian county. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

The government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, where heavy rain forecast for the coming days will add to the misery, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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