Premier Li sets out for Yunnan quake zone

Premier Li sets out for Yunnan quake zone
A Chinese rescuer carries a baby after an earthquake hit an area of Ludian county in Zhaotong in southwest China's Yunnan province on August 3, 2014.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang set out on Monday morning for the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that rattled the southwestern province of Yunnan, leaving at least 381 people dead and 1,801 others injured.

The quake struck at 4:30 pm on Sunday with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter was in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of Zhaotong, in Ludian county, the China Earthquake Networks Center reported.

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The epicenter is in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian, in Zhaotong city.

More than 12,000 houses have been toppled and 30,000 damaged in the quake zone.

At least 381 people dead and 1,801 injured

Many of the homes that collapsed in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were old and made of brick.

More than 2,500 troops dispatched to the disaster region.

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