Powerful earthquake hits Sichuan, China

  • 21 April 2013
Damaged houses after earthquake in Sichuan, China

A powerful earthquake in south-west China has killed more than 200 people and injured around 11,500.

The 6.6-magnitude quake struck rural areas of Sichuan province early on Saturday.

Many buildings have been destroyed. Power and water supplies and telephone lines have been cut.

Image caption Rescuers try to remove rocks blocking a road

Thousands of soldiers have been sent to help rescue anyone who might be trapped.

But aftershocks and landslides are making it hard to reach some parts.

One injured man told Chinese TV: "We still live in our old house, the new one is not ready yet. Our house just collapsed. Everything collapsed."

Sichuan was devastated by an earthquake in 2008. Tens of thousands of people died and 5 million were left homeless.