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Three dead as devastating earthquake hits Northwestern China

On Tuesday, a strong earthquake occurred in northern China, near the border of Kyrgyzstan, resulting in the loss of three lives and causing injuries to five others. The seismic event took place shortly after 2:00 a.m. local time and had its epicentre 13 kilometres away in China’s Xinjiang region, about 140 kilometres west of Aksu.

In the beginning, Beijing’s Xinhua news agency reported that six people in Akqi County had been injured, with two in serious condition. Later updates from the agency brought the heartbreaking news of three deaths and five injuries.

After the earthquake, 47 buildings in Akqi County collapsed, and an additional 78 structures suffered damage to varying degrees, as reported by the local government’s social media platforms. Xinhua also provided information from the epicentre area in rural Wushi County, mentioning the collapse of two residential houses, cattle sheds, and a temporary power outage.

In response to the incident, the health ministry of neighbouring Kazakhstan revealed that 44 individuals with “various” injuries sought medical attention in Almaty, the largest city in the country. The earthquake’s impact underscores the immediate need for support and recovery efforts in the affected regions.

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