UpdateChina’s 7.0 magnitude quake death toll rises to about 190

22 April 2013 05:54  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--About 190 people were killed and more than 10,000 injured by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan province in southwest China over the weekend, based on latest official statistics available on Monday.

The quake struck Lushan county of Ya’an city in Sichuan at 8:02am (01:02 GMT) Beijing time on 20 April, according to China Earthquake Administration.

Actual death toll as of Monday morning stood at 188, with people injured totaling 11,460. Direct economic loss to Ya’an city was estimated yuan (CNY) 10bn ($1.62bn), according to the municipal government.

Relief operations are ongoing, for which China’s Ministry of Finance has allocated CNY1bn.

Sichuan Yahua Industry Group, which has a specialty chemicals facility in the quake-hit area, did not sustain

A sole petrochemical producer in Ya’an – the Sichuan Yahua Industry Group – did not sustain damage at its facilities, which were shut for maintenance when the temblor occurred, according to a media report.

In a statement, ReneSola, a producer of solar photovoltaic ("PV") wafers and modules, said  its facility in Meishan, Sichuan province, was not affected by the earthquake and is running normally. Its plant site is located about 135 kilometers away from Ya’an.

While the staff at ReneSola's polysilicon facility felt the tremors, there were no injuries or any damage to the company’s property, plant and equipment, the statement said.

Zhejiang-based ReneSola will continue to monitor the impact of the earthquake, the company added.

Additional reporting by Felicia Loo

($1 = CNY6.18)

By: Dolly Wu
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