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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  1. Ololade

    May God help them. This disaster is too much for Earth.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. tenzin Lhadon

    FYI More than 90% of the population are ethnic Tibetans and it is a Tibetan area. The earth quick happened in occupied TIBET. I hope Chinese Communist Government do it best in relief effort and treating all the affected brothers and sisters not just for propaganda and it's self image. China came to Tibet in the name of liberation ,but these people are the poorest in China. People of the World Wake up !!

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

    2010 has already been the year of huge earthquakes with lots of casualties. I wonder when large faults wiill begin to shift in the western parts of the us and even the san adreas fault through my home State of TN. Very Scary Stuff. Hopefully there will be more generous acts like what was seen with Haiti. Not sure how helpful their country will be in accepting or not accepting donations. Being we owe that country Billions we better help them! They will be in thoughts and prayers!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jingwei Mai

    Feel really sorry for that is happening in QingHai China. Will Pray for everyone of you there, no matter you a the victims or the ones working to save lives. God bless all of you!
    My heart goes out to you, and I hope everyone will do the same. It is just heart breaking.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. tXh

    VAMike, what are you talking about? Have you ever been to China? Have you ever been to that region? How did you know the people there were oppressed? Do you feel funny to be a political loud speaker broadcasting all the crap the media here feed you? Use your brain, my friend.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. jeff forsythe

    There was a time when if a natural disaster occurred in a country, the people would look up and ask, what did we do to deserve this?

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday, Mar.16, urging the Chinese Communist Party to end its decade-long campaign against Falun Gong and expressing solidarity with victims of persecution in China.

    House Resolution 605 recognizes, “the continued persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China on the 11th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party campaign to suppress the Falun Gong spiritual movement and calling for an immediate end to the campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison, and torture Falun Gong practitioners.” “The Falun Gong spiritual discipline is based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “Yet these innocents are brutally targeted by the Chinese regime. The stark reality which this resolution addresses gives new meaning to the phrase 'Butchers of Beijing.’”

    All the Governments of the World are aware of these atrocities and many many more but choose to keep them from us and continue to do Business as Usual because of corporate greed.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    China wants to occupy Tibet but won't lift a finger to help. No wonder the people of Tibet want their freedom. My question is; Where do 100,000 people flee too ?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      you are too ignorant about what happened there in China, all the tibetans were rescued from the chinese government, and no they are totally free, qinghai is just a part of China.

      May 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. shaun

    The world rushed to Haiti. When China proper experienced a terrible earthquake recently, we heard all about it. This earthquake happened in Tibet, and we get a paragraph! Will the world help the Tibetans, or just stand by while this culture is slowly murdered into oblivion. Genocide is genocide.

    Let's get in there and help. NOW.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frankie j

    To me its seems the world is coming to an end.i feel so sorry for you guyz.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeanie G

    And a volcano is spewing ashes and rumcbling in Europe. What the heck is going on?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cirej

    God Bless!

    April 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Oceana

    I wonder why little attention was paid to this China earthquake. No movie stars or help from red cross, or relief organizations. Why isn't anyone helping them?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Craig Theobald

    These earthquakes which are increasing in magnitude and destruction are in line with the composite sign given in Matthew 24 that we are indeed close to the end of this system of things

    April 19, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. GAPeachy

    Estimates from Tibetans in the region are actually approaching 10,000 dead. Four different monasteries alone have each had more than a thousand bodies brought to them. The Chinese authorities are not giving accurate numbers.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jorge

    It is scary how the world is doing with to many earthquakes and many other issues with the mother nature.....is the only house we have THE EARTH let's take care and place our part to safe the earth.....Hope China, Chile, Haiti and other countries that are going thru this get better and well. You all are in my prays!

    April 19, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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