April 19th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

China quake death toll rises to nearly 2,000

Chinese soldiers help clear the rubble from an earthquake in the Qinghai province.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] The death toll from last week's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in northwest China has risen to 2,039, state media said late Monday.

Another 195 people were still missing, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing rescue headquarters.

It added that 12,135 people were injured, of whom 1,434 were in serious condition.

Since the quake struck the country's Tibetan region, rescuers have been working round the clock to find survivors and pull them from the rubble.

The earthquake toppled about 15,000 homes in and around the impoverished county of Yushu, and caused more than 100,000 people to flee the area.

Qinghai province is home to about 5 million people and is considered a gateway to Himalayan Tibet.

About half its people are Han Chinese, but the area is home to more than 40 ethnic groups, including Tibetans, Hui and Mongols.

[Posted at 6:40 a.m.] The death toll from last week's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in northwest China has risen to 1,944, state media said Monday.

An additional 12,315 were injured in the quake Wednesday in Qinghai province.

Of the injured, 1,134 are in serious condition, the Xinhua news agency said.

Since the quake struck the country's Tibetan region, rescuers have been working around the clock to pull survivors from the rubble.

The earthquake toppled about 15,000 homes in and around the impoverished county of Yushu, and caused more than 100,000 people to flee the area.

Qinghai province is home to about 5 million people and is considered a gateway to Himalayan Tibet.

About half its people are Han Chinese, but the area is home to more than 40 ethnic groupings, including Tibetans, Hui and Mongols.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. VAMike

    Unfortunately, these people are already oppressed by the Chinese government, this only adds to their misery. I can only wish them the best and offer my heart felt condolences.

    April 19, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aishat musa

    This is realy a tragedy,we all over the world carry a heavy heart with you.pls accept our condolence.

    April 19, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. TASHI GARLOK

    it is sad to here earth quake in any place in world and today earth quake hit tibet and more sad is head line shoes China, i blame part of earth quake to china because of destruction of
    of environment and forced changing there way of life, Tibetan tents are earth quake proof
    i will be thank full if CNN go deep to the cause of human loos in this earth quake.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Li

    You still can do something else, for example refusing to buy anything from China. As long as the chinese economy grows, more miserable people will be oppressed. Death is the reborn of new things. We could wish that chinese government will fall soon

    April 19, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. NeWorldOrder

    What is the deal here? Haiti, Chile, and now China? It seems like killer earthquakes are happening more and more...

    April 19, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nicholas

    My heart aches for you my brothers and sisters.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. S.O.

    I feel extremely sorry for these people. I wish that I was older and had the money to donate to these destroyed homes! Thousands of people are dead and the others are in crucial pain! God bless these people and I will keep all of them in my prayers!

    April 19, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jane

    What did you do after the earthquake? I guess nothing except complain Chinese government.

    If you really want to help them,making donation or go there to help them. Please do not just say " condolence" in front of your computer

    April 19, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shengart

    It is even more tragic once again that some people in the west are trying to politicized this natrual disaster. Some of the comments made by the self proclaim christans from the previous article were disturbing to say the least.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marc Gunn

    Sad, like Katrina but worse, at least they seem to getting aid in a timely fashion even though it is in an incredibly difficult and remote place to reach.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. tibgal

    So helpless here! Will do the best we could from other parts of the world. We are with you in this painful time. Many prayers for speedy recovery from this catastrophe.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. palden

    Reliable sources said that thousands of tibetan victims applied premier wan jia bao and presendent hu jin tao that we now have a only wish is invite H.H. Dalai lama and bliss the dead and suivive.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. iwonder

    Is it possible that we're living our 2012 catastophre. All this earthquakes, I don't remember when it was like this. Where is our hummanity going to end? I sure hope God exists and that he has compasion for us.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. David Wang

    ".... Unfortunately, these people are already oppressed by the Chinese government ... ".

    Have you ever been to China? How do you know these people were oppressed?

    As a Chinese American, I can tell you that the Chinese government has done a GOOD job to improve the lives of the majority people in China, for the pasts 30 years, @ avg economic growth 9% a year.

    CNN = China Negative News. Most Western media is biased when report on China issues. Shame.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. antoniah

    I am surprised at the lack of overall coverage this time around. Why is that? Everyone jumped in to help Haiti, Chile still got the word out that they needed assistance, and now with this one it is barely covered! Have we gone numb at the height of these disasters? Do we just not want to hear about more people needing our help? I just find it rather surreal.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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