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Earthquake in China caused 89 dead and over 700 injured

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The earthquake that struck on Friday, the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in southwest China, has already left at least 89 dead and over 700 injured, according to official figures.

The Department of Civil Affairs of Yunnan expects the number to rise as rescue teams able to reach inaccessible mountain villages , where communications infrastructure and electricity supply has been badly damaged by the earthquake.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated, while others require 100,000 new housing after the quake destroyed 6,650 homes in the province and damaged 430,000 others, according to data released by the official Xinhua news agency. In Guizhou, according to these data, two people were injured and more than 10,000 houses have been damaged by earthquakes.

The economic losses, according to the Department of Social Services of Yunnan, and reach 3,500 billion yuan (551 million dollars).

The Department has begun sending relief assistance to the affected by disasters, including thousands of tents, blankets and coats for those affected.

The earthquake occurred just after 11:00 pm (0300 GMT) on Friday in the border area between the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, according to the Control Center of China Earthquake.

The quake, whose epicenter was located about 15 miles from the center of Yiliang at a depth of 14 kilometers, was followed by up to 16 replicas.

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