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China Earthquake 2013

Survivor Chen Zhirong comforts her 18-month-old son next to debris at a village on the second day after an earthquake hit Longmen township of Lushan county, Sichuan province.

A destructive earthquake has claimed the lives of more than 180 people and close to 12,000 people are injured in southern China, according to Chinese officials.

The quake, which struck a rural area of China's Sichuan province, has affected more than 120,000 people, many of whom evacuated their homes.

Thousands of people are being assisted by the Red Cross Society of China, with relief supplies such as food, water, tents, bedding and medical supplies.

Red Cross medical teams are treating hundreds of people injured by the earthquake.

Australian Red Cross has ongoing programs with China Red Cross. In recent years, programs have included working with communities in Sichuan and Guangxi provinces to better prepare for disasters.

Australian Red Cross is on standby to assist China Red Cross if assistance is needed, with aid workers and technical support.

In 2008, a deadly earthquake nearby in Sichuan claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people.


Photo: REUTERS/Jason Le