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6.6-magnitude quake hits NW China | Updated: 2013-07-22 08:10

Welcome to our live rolling coverage of the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Northwest China's Gansu province at 07:45 am on Monday. The epicenter hit the borders between Minxian and Zhangxian counties –  two areas still recovering from weeks of torrential rain and flooding. Here we will bring you the latest news as it happens. 

The death toll has climbed to 89, with 5 others still unaccounted for, in an earthquake that hit Northwest China's Gansu province Monday morning, local authorities said.


As of 9 pm, the death toll has climed to 87, with five missing and 593 injured, according to the publicity office of the quake-hit Dingxi city in Gansu province.


Road conditions of National Highway 212 and Provincial Highway 306, both of which run through the quake-hit Dingxi city, have been restored to normal after landslide cleanup efforts, according to Ministry of Transport.

Communication network conditions have remained stable for most of the time since the morning quake, according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


The death toll has climbed to 75. Minxian reported the bulk of the casualties, with 72 deaths, 14 missing and and 584 injured, according to Xinhua News Agency. 


As of 2:00 pm, as many as 572 people were injured in the quake. 70 of them are in critical condition, said the Xinhua News Agency. 


President Xi Jinping has urged all-out rescue effort after a deadly earthquake hit Northwest China's Gansu province Monday morning.


As of 4 pm, electricity has been restored in over half of the 14,066 houses affected by a power outage after the 6.6-magnitude quake in Dingxi city, Gansu province on Monday morning.  


Neighboring Shanxi province has sent 5,000 sleeping bags to quake zones in Dingxi city in Gansu province.


The quake zone has received 600 tents, but is still another 1000 tents and 2,000 beds short of goals, said the Minxian Civil Affairs Bureau.


As of 6:00 pm, the quake in Dingxi city of Gansu province has killed 75 people, leaving 14 missing, according to the Dingxi government.


A large-scale landslide struck the Shiqi village in Weixin township of Minxian county, buring around 100 houses.(


CCTV releases another video clip capturing moments when the quake happened in streets of Minxian county.


Three people trapped in the quake zone have been saved. More than 400 have been evacuated to safer places, according to local fire department.


Gansu provincial authorities urge vehicles that are not for quake rescue and relief purposes to bypass the quake areas. 


The Lanzhou Military Area Command of the People's Liberation Army has dispatched more than 2,000 soldiers for the quake rescue efforts. 


6.6-magnitude quake hits NW China

Wang Sanyun, Gansu provincial Party secretary, and Liu Weiping, Gansu governor, arrive at a rescue center in Meichuan town in Minxian county.



A CCTV video clip shows injured people being transferred to local hospital in Minxian county.


As of 3:00 pm, the quake in Dingxi city of Gansu province has killed 56 people, leaving 412 injured and 14 missing, according to the Gansu Provincial Civil Affairs Department.


6.6-magnitude quake hits NW China

People receive treatment at a temperary settlement in Minxian county, July 22, 2013. [Photo/CFP] Photos


The death toll of the quake has risen to 54, according to Dixing city's release on Sina Weibo.


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang both gave calls to quake areas to express their concerns and give instructions to the earthquake relief.


At least 53 people have been killed in the quake, with 337 injured, according to Dixing city's Sina Weibo account.


6.6-magnitude quake hits NW China

More than 100 soldiers and officers are dispatched by a division of Lanzhou Military Command Area, along with five military vehicles, to perform rescue work. [Photo/Xinhua]


Some 500 tents and 2,000 quilts have been sent to the worst affected areas. The Red Cross Society of China has also dispatched a team of disaster relief workers, with 200 tents, 1,000 family emergency kits and 2,000 cotton-padded jackets.

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