Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes Sichuan, kills 13 | Updated: 2019-06-18 07:22
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Rescuers search for people trapped at Shuanghe township, after an earthquake hit Changning county of Yibin city, Southwest China's Sichuan province, June 18, 2019. [Photo by Zeng Lang/]

President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to organize relief work and rescue the injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan province on Monday night.

Rescue efforts are under way:

* The Ministry of Emergency Management has activated an emergency response and sent a work team to provide guidance in rescue and disaster relief.

* Teams of rescuers arrived in the quake-hit areas.

* As so far, 13 people died and another 200 were injured.

* Nearly 4,500 people were evacuated in quake-hit areas.

* Authorities have dispatched 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding beds and 20,000 quilts to the quake-hit areas.

* Safety inspection and resue efforts are underway with 116 fire fighting trucks dispatched and 526 fire fighters on the scene.

Death toll rises to 13 in SW China earthquake

Thirteen people died and another 200 were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Southwest China's Sichuan province on Monday night, CCTV reported.

The earthquake hit Changning county of Yibin at 10:55 pm Monday (Beijing Time), according to local authorities.

The epicenter, with a depth of 16 km, was monitored at 28.34 degrees north latitude and 104.90 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Rescuers said nine people died in Changning and three in neighboring Gongxian county. Most of the deaths were caused by damaged houses.

The first round of search and rescue operations have been completed in the two counties, and no new casualties were found, according to Sichuan bureau of emergency management.

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