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Strong earthquake leaves at least 75 dead in western China

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BEIJING (WKOW) – The death toll continues to rise in western China after an earthquake struck a farming area early Monday morning.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Monday, a local government in Gansu province says at least 75 people are dead, over 400 are injured and another 14 are still missing.

The official Xinhua News Agency quotes a provincial official saying more than 1,200 homes have been destroyed with another 21,000 severely damaged.

According to China's earthquake monitoring center, the initial quake was magnitude 6.6, with tremors at a magnitude of 5.6.

The quake was centered around Gansu, which is about 750 miles away from Beijing and is one of China's more lightly populated provinces due to all the farms.

The Chinese Red Cross says it is shipping 200 tents, 2,000 jackets and other relief supplies to the area.  Mud and rock slides are blocking the main road into the region, slowing down rescue efforts.

Later this week, heavy rain is expected to hit the area, increasing the urgency for shelter and increasing the chance of future landslides.

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