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Quakes cost southwest China $580m

Updated: 2012-09-08 16:51
( Xinhua)

BEIJING -- Multiple quakes that jolted southwest China on Friday have caused direct economic losses of 3.69 billion yuan ($581 million) in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Saturday.

Preliminary statistics collected as of 10 am Saturday indicated that the quakes have left 80 people dead and 820 others injured in Yunnan, as well as forced the relocation of 201,000 people and destroyed or damaged 430,000 homes.

Direct economic losses in Yunnan totaled 3.5 billion yuan, according to ministry figures. In neighboring Guizhou, the quakes forced the evacuation of 28,000 people and caused direct economic losses of 190 million yuan.

The state and provincial civil affairs authorities have sent 21,000 tents, 31,000 quilts and 26,000 winter coats to Yunnan.