China quake toll at 93 as dust settles

Officials from the Chinese province of Sichuan, struck by an earthquake that killed 93 people last week, lowered the level of emergency response as most transportation, electricity and communications returned to normal.

The strongest earthquake that hit the province in five years killed 55 people in an area known as Ganzi and 38 in the city of Ya’an, CCTV reported.

Aid is still underway for 25 missing people, of which nine in Luding.

Ceremonies were held in several cities on Monday to commemorate the victims, according to the Sichuan provincial government’s WeChat account.

Rain in Sichuan has hampered relief efforts over the past week and is expected to persist in the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting warnings of potential landslides in northeast Zhejiang, Luding, southern Yunnan, northwest Xinjiang, and elsewhere. .

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