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Daily Mandarin - Extreme Weather

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Today's expression is 極端天氣 - Extreme weather

On 3 Aug 2014 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 at a depth of 12 km hit Longtoushan township in Ludian county in China's southwestern Yunnan province killing at least 617 people, causing thousands of buildings, including a school, to collapse. The earthquake also triggered multiple landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster. More than 10,000 soldiers and hundreds of volunteers rushed to Ludian County to clear roads and dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rain complicated rescue efforts. An estimated 80,000 houses were destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. Below are some photos:

A man walks among debris of collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan province, China, on August 4, 2014

Earthquake-collapsed houses in Longtoushan town, Ludian county, Yunnan province, on August 4, 2014

An overhead view of a road buried by landslide after an earthquake hit Ludian county on August 4, 2014.

Rescuers run as they carry an injured victim to medical care in earthquake-hit Ludian county on August 5, 2014

Rescuers search for survivors as they walk among debris of collapsed buildings in Longtoushan township on August 4, 2014

A man who lost six children cries over the debris of his house in the earthquake zone of Longtoushan town

A man who lost six children cries over the debris of his house in the earthquake zone of Longtoushan town

Cars sit buried in the debris of collapsed houses

A military helicopter flies over the earthquake-hit Longtoushan town, as it delivers supplies on August 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated rescue efforts

An injured man walks near debris after an earthquake hit Ludian county

A rescue dog searches through rubble for victims in the quake zone

Rescuers carry an injured boy on a makeshift stretcher

Rescue workers check on victims buried under debris in the earthquake zone

Rescue workers are transported into an earthquake zone on a front loader

An injured child wakes up in a hospital in Ludian county on August 5, 2014

A rabbit searches for food in the ruins of a collapsed house in Longtoushan

Mao Changxue changes his son's clothes after the boy's body was dug out from the debris of their home

Floodwater and mud falla hydropower station in the earthquake zone in Yunan province on August 5, 2014. The earthquake triggered landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster.

Soldiers set up explosives on the dam of a barrier lake formed by the earthquake

A woman carries salvaged goods through the rubble of destroyed houses following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan

A child touches his injured mother in Ludian county in Zhaotong

A villager walks past a collapsed house in the quake-hit area

Local residents search for their belongings among collapsed buildings

A woman carries an injured girl in Ludian county

A severely injured person is carried through a window onto a train heading to Kunming to receive better medical treatment at a railway station in Zhaotong, Yunnan

Rescue workers unearth the body of a victim from the debris of collapsed houses

A man wraps bodies on the wooden stretchers near the earthquake zone

A helicopter prepares to land in front of relief tents at the quake zone

People rush for relief food supplies at an earthquake zone

A woman feeds noodles to children outside tents set up for earthquake survivors

Tents are set up for earthquake victims and volunteers

A man holds a picture as he stands atop debris of collapsed buildings

Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu react as her body is found in a collapsed house

Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu react as her body is found in a collapsed house

A child, cuddling a kitten, rests under a shelter


A woman waits for rescuers to search for her relatives who are buried under collapsed buildings

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