Earthquake in Northwest China in December 2023

Tragedy in Northwest China: Worst Earthquake in a Decade Leaves More Than 120 Dead and Hundreds Injured

In northwestern China, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the province of Gansu, wreaking havoc in one of the poorest areas of the country. With at least 126 people dead and more than 700 injured, the tragedy has left thousands of people dead. affected people and entire communities in grief and despair.

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The epicenter of this disaster was located in Jishishan County, a Mountainous region with low temperatures that further complicate the situation. The disaster has struck in an area with a mostly rural population and of Muslim ethnicities, where living conditions were already precarious.

Images of emergency crews battling the cold and opening up Passage through the rubble of collapsed houses has shaken the world. More than 5,000 buildings were destroyed, and the supply of Power and water have been disrupted in some parts of the region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered a major rescue, stressing the importance of "making every effort to conduct search and rescue, treat the injured in a timely manner, and minimizing casualties." Local and national rescue teams, including the People's Liberation Army and the Armed Police, tirelessly to provide assistance to affected communities.

The magnitude of the disaster is reflected in the more than 120 deaths and hundreds of wounded, as well as the destruction of tens of thousands of households, water, electricity, transport and communications infrastructure. Gansu province, already scarred by poverty, is now facing the difficult task of reconstruction.

Extreme weather conditions, with temperatures below -10°C, complicate rescue efforts and increase the suffering of those who have lost their homes. As the Rescuers face the challenge, at least 200 aftershocks of the earthquake are reported, generating a climate of constant tension in the the region.

Faced with the magnitude of the tragedy, the Chinese government has allocated 200 million yuan (about €25 million) to rescue and rescue efforts. help. Of this fund, $150 million will be channeled to Gansu, and the The remaining $50 million will go to Qinghai province, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

The National Committee for Disaster Prevention, Reduction and Relief and the Ministry of Emergency Management have launched an emergency response level IV, coordinating efforts to inspect the situation on the and provide support to local governments in relief efforts.

At the heart of this tragedy are human stories of loss, suffering and resilience. As China grapples with the worst earthquake in a decade, national and international solidarity and collaboration become imperative to overcome the challenges ahead.

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