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5/27/2008

Chinese troops tackle quake lake

China
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Aerial view of Tangjiashan quake lake

Story: On Sunday six people died from the effects of a strong 6.0 aftershock. Nearly 300,000 homes were wrecked in the aftershock, and more than 1,000 people injured. The official death toll from the May 12 earthquake rose to 65,080 on Monday, with another 23,150 missing. There have been more than 8,000 aftershocks; the biggest was this 6.0. Troops in China are trying to clear a river blocked during the recent earthquake, amid fears millions could be at risk of flooding. Dozens of lakes were formed when landslides triggered by the massive 12 May earthquake blocked rivers. Heavy rain forecast for the next few days could cause the barriers blocking the lakes to burst and flood nearby areas.

The latest figures show more than 45 million people have now been affected by the Wenchuan earthquake. The death toll has risen to 67,183. Over 20,000 people are missing and nearly 362,000 have been injured. More than 15 million people have been evacuated or relocated from the quake zone. The China Seismological Bureau reported no aftershocks measuring above magnitude 4 from noon on Monday to noon on Tuesday. But there were 226 tremors measuring less than 3.9 on the Richter Scale
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