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Devastating Earthquake in China's Ludian County

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck southwestern China on Sunday, killing nearly 600 people in a remote area of Yunnan province, causing thousands of buildings, including a school, to collapse. The earthquake also triggered multiple landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster. More than 10,000 soldiers and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian County to clear roads and dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rain have complicated rescue efforts. An estimated 80,000 houses were destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. [36 photos]

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A man walks among debris of collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan province, China, on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion)
A man walks among debris of collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan province, China, on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion)
Earthquake-collapsed houses in Longtoushan town, Ludian county, Yunnan province, on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Rescuers run as they carry an injured victim to medical care in earthquake-hit Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
An overhead view of a road buried by landslide after an earthquake hit Ludian county on August 4, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescuers search for survivors as they walk among debris of collapsed buildings in Longtoushan township on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
A villager walks past a smashed vehicle in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A man who lost six children cries over the debris of his house in the earthquake zone of Longtoushan town, Ludian county, on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A military helicopter flies over the earthquake-hit Longtoushan town, as it delivers supplies on August 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated rescue efforts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
Cars sit buried in the debris of collapsed houses in earthquake-hit Ludian county, China, on August 5, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
An injured man walks near debris after an earthquake hit Ludian county, Yunnan province, on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/China Daily) #
A rescue dog searches through rubble for victims in the quake zone in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Rescuers carry an injured boy on a makeshift stretcher after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
Rescue workers are transported into an earthquake zone on a front loader in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
Rescue workers check on victims buried under debris in the earthquake zone in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
An injured child wakes up in a hospital in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A rabbit searches for food in the ruins of a collapsed house in Longtoushan on August 5, 2014. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mao Changxue changes his son's clothes after the boy's body was dug out from the debris of their home in Longtoushan town on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Floodwater and mud fall above a hydropower station in the earthquake zone in Yunan province on August 5, 2014. The earthquake triggered landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Soldiers set up explosives on the dam of a barrier lake formed by the earthquake on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) #
A woman carries salvaged goods through the rubble of destroyed houses following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan on August 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
A child touches his injured mother in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province, on August 4, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images) #
A villager walks past a collapsed house in the quake-hit area on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) #
A woman carries an injured girl in Ludian county on August 4, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Local residents search for their belongings among collapsed buildings in earthquake-hit Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
A severely injured person is carried through a window onto a train heading to Kunming to receive better medical treatment at a railway station in Zhaotong, Yunnan province, on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Rescue workers unearth the body of a victim from the debris of collapsed houses in Longtoushan town on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/China Daily) #
A man wraps bodies on the wooden stretchers near the earthquake zone in the town of Longtoushan on August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
A helicopter prepares to land in front of relief tents at the quake zone in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
People rush for relief food supplies at an earthquake zone in Yunnan province on August 6, 2014. (Reuters/Steven Shi) #
A woman feeds noodles to children outside tents set up for earthquake survivors in the town of Longtoushan on August 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
Tents are set up for earthquake victims and volunteers in Longtoushan on August 5, 2014. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man holds a picture as he stands atop debris of collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
A villager waits to attend a prayer service at a damaged mosque at the earthquake zone in Longtoushan on August 6, 2014. The Chinese phrase reads from right to left as "Love the country, love the religion". (Reuters/Stringer) #
Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu react as her body is found in a collapsed house in Longtoushan on August 5, 2014. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images) #
A child, cuddling a kitten, rests under a shelter in the earthquake zone in Ludian county on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A woman waits for rescuers to search for her relatives who are buried under collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township, Yunnan province, China, on August 4, 2014. (Reuters/Wong Campion) #
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