At least 21 people are dead, after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous area in China’s Sichuan province. It’s the strongest quake to hit the region since 2017. More than 500 rescue workers have been deployed to Luding County — 200km southwest of the provincial capital Chengdu — near the epicentre. Minutes after the first quake, a second one with a magnitude of 4.2 hit the city of Ya’an near Luding. Affected residents have taken to social media to criticise the strict COVID-19 restrictions that left many with their fire escapes blocked.
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