In China Earthquake death toll rises to 23

The Aba prefecture emergency response office said in a statement that the bodies were found inside a bus in a river valley in Zhangzha.

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The death toll from an earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province has risen to 23 play

The death toll from an earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province has risen to 23

(AFP)
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The death toll from an earthquake that scarred a scenic region of southwest China's Sichuan province rose to 23 on Friday as authorities found three more bodies.

The Aba prefecture emergency response office said in a statement that the bodies were found inside a bus in a river valley in Zhangzha. It did not give more details about what had happened to the vehicle.

The statement said at least 493 were injured in Tuesday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake, which struck Jiuzhaigou, a popular tourist destination with a national park, forested mountains and over 140 lakes that has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from quake-hit towns and villages, state media reported.

The tremor evoked memories of a devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the region in 2008 that left 87,000 people dead or missing.

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