[Bible Prophecy News] China earthquake: death toll could reach 10,000

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Pastor Dale Morgan

Apr 16, 2010, 1:53:33 PM4/16/10
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China earthquake: death toll could reach 10,000

The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit western China's remote Tibetan plateau will rise dramatically and could reach 10,000, locals said on Friday.

By Malcolm Moore in Jiegu
Published: 1:47PM BST 16 Apr 2010

The official death toll now stands at 1,144, with a further 243 missing and 1,174 severely injured, according to Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency.

However, monks at Jiegu monastery said at least 1,000 corpses had arrived at their temple alone, and that four other monasteries had each collected a similar number.
"The government is downplaying the number," said Ge Laidanzeng, a 20- year-old monk. He said that when all the bodies were retrieved from the wreckage of the town there would "definitely be more than 10,000 dead".

Meanwhile, the first teams of rescue workers equipped with sniffer dogs and heartbeat detectors arrived in Jiegu, hampered by the 12-hour journey from the nearest major airport in Xining.

As they clambered over the rubble, however, it was soon clear that hopes of any further survivors were fading fast.

Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, spent a second day in Jiegu, visiting the Tibetan Tranga monastery around six miles outside town.

Between 60 and 70 monks were buried at the site, and although rescuers were able to detect one faint heartbeat, they were unable to work our how to reach the victim.

More than 100 students and 12 teachers also lost their lives in the earthquake, bringing back a grim reminder of the thousands of students who died two years ago in the Sichuan earthquake.

So far, however, there have been none of the accusations of shoddily built school buildings that became a controversy in Sichuan.

Relief supplies continued to trickle in to the Jiegu, but with the entire town's population of 100,000 sleeping in the open, the supplies of tents, blankets and food were quickly snapped up, leaving thousands of people still in need.
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