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. Survivors are calling for The Dalai Lama to come

    With everything destroyed.

    Confirmed death toll nearly 2000 and rising, under several rubble, photos of The Dalai Lama are uncovered all over Kyegundo (Ch: Jiegu )

    Local survivors claim MUCH MUCH more have died.

    In such painful tragedy, Tibetans are calling the name of The Dalai Lama, in hopes that he may be allowed by the President Hu Jintao & Premier Wen Jiabao to visit the Quake zone to offer comfort to the survivors, to conduct proper funerals, to provide some solace to the grieving survivors.

    http://www.Youtube.com/TheRealChina

    April 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Grizzlyman

    Haiti, Chile, China... and don't forget about Turkey, Indonesia and southern California/Northern part of the Mexican peninsula. It does seem that more earthquakes are taking place since the Haiti disaster. My heart goes out to all the people affected by this quakes.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. earthquakes

    Strain had been building up along the world's fault zones. Recently we have seen faults adjust to releive the strain in seveeral places (Chile, Haiti, Indonesia, China). It will continue until the strain is lessened along faults over the globe. Iceland's volcano erupting is a part of this as crust adjustment allows ash to flow. Is this doomsday? No, it's just strain adjustment. We will see more and it will go away for a couple hundred years until it happens again. Southern California: watch out! Your location is overdue.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WARREN REVERE

    My prayers go to the survivors and their loved ones as well as the government of China.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anonymous

    I am particularly angry at the world for not lifting a finger. I am an Asian American who has donated to many charities for disaster relief. The Haitians, well known for their oppression and misuse of international funds, have received a lot of international attention and charital donations. The Chinese have suffered a lot. These individuals have been through so much since the quake. Not one television network, including CNN, or celebrity would open up to give. It is a disgrace. While Haitian governmental officials are living the high life, including diplomats living in million dollar apartment condos in New York paid for by American taxpayers, the chinese have been forgotten by the media and the world.

    Where are the concerts for Chinese victims of the earthquake? Where are the charities sponsoring relief, such as the Red Cross?

    It just goes to say how discriminatory people are. Over 2,000 Chinese have died and not one organization or media ask for donations to help those who are homeless.

    I have known many Chinese citizens who have donated hundreds to thousands of dollars to victims of 9/11 and Katrina. The Chinese government were one of the first few countries to deliver aid to Haitians.

    It is heart-breaking to see Tibetan monks saving lives without international aid. Where are the international physicians and health care workers?

    Did Obama address the media regarding the quake? No. Did Obama ask the Clinton-Bush charity to provide relief? No.

    I am very disappointed.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Everyone, do some research before start making claims about earthquakes on the increase, because it is simply not true. Major earthquakes numbers have been about constant for the last couple decades and this year is right on target too.

    It only seems like more because of the high impact some of them are having, esp. since Haiti was widely publicized and caused people to be more aware, which is fine, but just keep that mind before crying "DOOM's DAY!"

    April 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tibetan

    How Many Chinese Flags are needed for rescue efforts in Tibetan area?

    One just needs to watch any given video clips and Chinese Flags are everywhere. People marching with Red Chinese Flag left and right, as if they are their to get publicity. As if to tell the World that Tibetans are Chinese or "Chinese Tibetans"

    April 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Antman

    My heart goes out to all the family's in China, but at the same time we all in this world are going to have more earthquakes then this because we are indeed in are End Time, and not only that there are going to be more things going on in the world then this, because this is mans punishment for not obeying God and the Bible said that this day will come. Please I ask for everyone to pray and repent for all that you have done wrong and your lives, and ask GOD for forgiveness. For He is the only one that can ease the pain that we all are going thru. I love you all my brothers and sisters.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mimi G of Toronto

    This is a travesty. This earthquake struck the eastern region of Yushu, Tibet (Kham area), which is home to predominantly Tibetans. China has renamed the Tibet region as "Qinghai" and refers the earthquake as "China Quake," and the victims as Chinese. At first I did not recognize that this earthquake actually happened in Tibet because China state media refers to Qinghai province," and the victims were 97% Tibetans.

    It is sad that China is playing politics yet again. They have avoided at all cost mentioning the word "Tibet" in fear that it might spark unwanted interest from outside world, and that is something China does not want. They do not want foreign media coming into that area of Tibet and reporting.

    I hope that China will do right this time and really send genuine help to the Tibetans and not play politics.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. anonymous

    One more thing... I am very disappointed at Anderson Cooper. He personally traveled to Haiti to report on quake victims. He even had a long segment with Haitian boy. Since the quake, I have yet to see him jumping off his feet to produce stories of victims in China. I always wanted to say hi to him at the gym. But now, all I want to do is avoid him altogether.

    Has any other American networks produce any live reports of victims? No. It's very sad... very very sad.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amdo

    Why is China refusing aid to help the Tibetans? Terrible.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marian Buttiker

    Wonders why we are not hearing much about this quake on local news??I had go out to cnn look for updates. With all this earthquake activity, I hope our friends and family on fault lines in the US have a plan.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sofia Llenas

    God protect us! We have been blessed. Thanks God Estern of the United States has not been hit by earthquakes yet. Thanks, Sofia from Georgia USA

    April 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dub-B

    And so China will demolish the remaining buildings and build skyscapers none of those people could ever afford.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. karen barriere

    In response to all those wondering why isn't the world rushing to help. Well China said they DO NOT NEED or help. Remember the earthquake there that killeed almost 30,000 ppl. They said they needed NO OUTSIDE HELP. Blame their government, there are alot of people that want to help

    April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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