Image: Chinese residents walk by a damaged road as they evacuate Beichuan, southwest China's Sichuan province.
Slideshow: Massive Quake Hits China
DUJIANGYAN, China - The toll of the dead and missing soared as rescue workers dug through flattened schools and homes on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to find survivors of 's worst earthquake in three decades.
The official said the death toll exceeded 12,000 in alone, and 18,645 were still buried in debris in the city of Mianyang, near the epicenter of Monday's massive, 7.9-magnitude quake.
The Sichuan Daily newspaper reported on its Web site that more than 26,000 people were injured in Mianyang.
The numbers of casualties was expected to rise due to the remoteness of the areas affected by the quake and difficulty in finding buried victims.
MASSIVE CHINA QUAKE