In pictures: Yunnan earthquake

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Several hundred people have died with more then 1,800 injured after an earthquake in the south-western province of Yunnan in China.

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The earthquake, which struck at 16:30 local time (08:30 GMT), measured 6.1 on the Richter scale of magnitude,

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China's state news agency Xinhua said about 12,000 homes had collapsed in Ludian, a county of some 439,000 people.

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A major rescue and relief operation is under way and the government in Beijing is sending sent tents, beds and clothing to the region.

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Residents filled the streets after the earthquake, which knocked out electricity supplies and communication lines.

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Panic followed the initial tremor after its vibrations caused small landslides and sent debris crashing down on to roads and buildings.

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One resident living close to the epicentre told state media that the streets looked like a "battlefield after bombardment".

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Hospital wards have been overwhelmed and teams of medical workers have been dispatched to the disaster zone to treat the injured.

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South-west China lies in an area that is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake in Sichuan in 2008 killed tens of thousands of people.

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