An earthquake struck Sichuan province in southwestern China on Monday, with a magnitude 6.8. This is the strongest earthquake that the region has recorded since 2017. Rescue teams have so far found 65 dead and have assisted hundreds of trapped people.
State doctors have reported nearly 250 people in treatment for injuries caused after the disaster, with dozens of critical injuries. The teams are also working to recover more than 200 people stranded and restore telecommunications, water and electricity.
The tremor struck around noon with its epicenter in the mountainous interior of Sichuan. The earthquake reached the provinces of Shaanxi and Guizhouhundreds of miles away.
State television reported Tuesday that more than 200 residents remain trapped in Hailuogou, a tourist area known for its forests, glaciers and high peaks. The rescue teams continue their work to open the blocked routes and assist the affected people in this place.
The earthquake caused the collapse of 243 houses and damage to more than 13,000 homes, according to state television. In addition, four hotels and seven small and medium-sized hydroelectric plants suffered damage.