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Earthquake in Karze Tibetan Prefecture Kills 5 Leaving Thousands Homeless


A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Dhardo County, Karze Tibetan Prefecture in Sichuan Province around 4pm Beijing time on Saturday, November 22.

According to the local official TV news in Tibetan, the natural calamity has killed at least 5 people and affected over 23,000 people in 6 counties.

Kham TV reported Sunday that the earthquake has left over 6200 people homeless with 2,630 families “seriously affected.” The report also indicated that 54 people were hospitalized, and few of them were in critical condition.

A local Tibetan has confirmed with VOA Tibetan Service Monday that about 5/6 people has died from the earthquake.

The epicenter is located in Bha-Lhagang, where an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery and a Tibetan school named Mi-nyag Dzogchen School are located. Xinhua has indicated that 42 students of that primary school were injured.

Chinese President Xi Jinping who was visiting in Fiji ordered officials in Sichuan Province and military and armed police to timely engage in rescue work, says Kham TV.

According to the reports of the local TV, the quake hit six counties, namely, Dhardo, Tawu, Rongdrag, Gyedzur, Chagzam, and Nyagchu counties.

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