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 earthquake death toll rises to 'at least 398'

The number of people killed in an earthquake in China has risen to at least 398 with 1,800 injured, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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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Paramilitary policemen carry an injured resident with a makeshift stretcher after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county in China. Credit: Reuters

Rescuers, many digging by hand, have found scores of survivors including a five-year-old boy whose legs were injured, Xinhua reported.

Firefighters rescued 32 people who had been trapped but had retrieved the bodies of 43 residents.

An injured woman walks with her relatives after the earthquake which has so far killed at least 398 people. Credit: Reuters

Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area were complicating efforts to bring tents, water, food and other relief supplies to survivors.

Rainstorms are expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

Paramilitary policemen carry an injured man through a muddy road after an earthquake hit. Although the death toll has risen, rescuers have found scores of survivors. Credit: Reuters

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