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China earthquake: 'Housing very poor' says Red Cross

Two powerful earthquakes have struck China's north-west Gansu province, killing at least 75 people and leaving more than 400 others injured.

The first earthquake near the city of Dingxi had a magnitude of 5.98 and was shallow. Just over an hour later, a magnitude 5.6 quake hit the same area.

Baktiar Mambetov of the International Federation of the Red Cross said the poor state of housing in the area would have made matters worse and there would be a need for urgent humanitarian help.

  • 22 Jul 2013
  • From the section China
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