China has started erecting temporary housing units after an earthquake destroyed 14,000 homes – Times of India

China has started erecting temporary housing units after an earthquake destroyed 14,000 homes - Times of India

BEIJING: Hundreds of temporary one-room housing units are being set up in northwest China on Thursday. Earthquake That destroy More than 14,000 The houses And according to state media reports, at least 135 people were killed. Reports said that twelve people are missing in the area where two villages were submerged by the landslide.
Search teams were using excavators to dig through a thick sea of ​​mud that covered roads and blocked access to buildings.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of white, box-like housing units being lifted and lined up in an open field in Mapo, a village in Gansu province. Some 260 were erected, and the village was expected to reach 500 at nine locations by Friday morning.
The arrival of prefab units was a sign that many of the more than 87,000 people who were resettled after Monday night’s earthquake could be temporarily homeless. Many are enduring temperatures well below freezing in tent-like units with blue plastic sheeting on the outside and cotton quilt lining inside.
The death toll includes 113 in Gansu and 22 in neighboring Qinghai province. Around 1000 are reported injured. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the mountainous Gansu region near the border between the two provinces and about 1,300 kilometers southwest of China’s capital, Beijing.
The dead have been cremated, some in accordance with the Muslim traditions of the majority population of the affected area.
In two villages in Qinghai Province, mud rose up to 3 meters, leaving only the roofs of some buildings visible.
According to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN, experts said the earthquake liquefied underground sediments in the area, where the water table is relatively high. At some point, the mud sediments erupted from the surface and washed away into the villages in a generally dry ditch.
Most of China’s earthquakes occur in the western part of the country, including Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, as well as the Xinjiang region and Tibet. The latest earthquake was the deadliest to hit the country in nine years.

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