China Earthquake Kills 367, Injures 1,800 Near New Within Reach Global Outreach Center August 3, 2014 Within Reach Global Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on LinkedIn Share We have recently began working with orphans and underprivileged children in the area heavily hit by this earthquake. Check out These Underprivileged Children And Orphans Prove That No One Is Too Poor To Help The Homeless Thankfully the church we partner with and the children are all safe. The hardest hit area was a Muslim community. Please pray for open hearts and opportunities to share the love of Jesus through this horrific tragedy. A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800. #Breaking: Death toll rises to 367 from #China #quake — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 3, 2014 About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 366 kilometers (277 miles) northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in Longtoushan township, 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of the city of Zhaotong, the Ludian county seat. Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, told Xinhua that the streets there were like a “battlefield after bombardment.” She added that her neighbor’s house, a new two-story building, had toppled, and said the quake was far worse than one that struck the area in 2012 and killed 81 people. “The aftermath is much, much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago,” Ma said. “I have never felt such strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins.” YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: On Selfless Generosity: Mother Hears Heartbeat Of Her Infant Son From Beyond The GraveXinhua said at least 367 people were killed in the quake, with 1,881 injured. Most of the deaths — 357 — were in Zhaotong City, Xinhua said. Another 10 people were killed in Quijing City. News reports said rescuers were still trying to reach victims in more remote towns Sunday night. Photos on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media site, showed rescuers searching through flattened buildings and people injured amid toppled bricks. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered “his condolences to the Chinese Government and the families of those killed,” according to a statement from his office. The statement said the U.N. is ready to “lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs” and “to mobilize any international support needed.” Many of the homes that collapsed in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were old and made of brick, Xinhua said, adding that electricity and telecommunications were cut off in the county. The mountainous region where the quake occurred is largely agricultural, with farming and mining the top industries, and is prone to earthquakes. Relief efforts were underway, with more than 2,500 troops dispatched to the disaster region, Xinhua said. The Red Cross Society of China allocated quilts, jackets and tents for those made homeless by the quake, while Red Cross branches in Hong Kong, Macau and neighboring Sichuan province also sent relief supplies. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people, and a magnitude-7.1 quake in the province killed more than 1,400 in 1974. In September 2012, 81 people died and 821 were injured in a series of quakes in the Yunnan region. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Christmas Without BordersIn May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan province left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. By JACK CHANG, ASSOCIATED PRESS See this post on Within Reach Global Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on LinkedIn Share David JoannesFounder/President at Within Reach GlobalDavid Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.