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. tibgal

    True, there is not much media coverage on this horrible disaster that took the life of thousands and displaced uncountable number of people. This pretty much sums up that the disaster happend in TIBET and NOT China. Anything Tibet is a sensitive issue for China, and there is always a media censorship. If this really was a China quake, this would have made headlines on every major channels.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. VK

    I'm just waiting for Sharon Stone to say something stupid...
    My heart goes out to the people of China. I didn't know how badly the quake effected the region because the news hardly cover any of it.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anonymous

    The reason no help is going to china is because they don't want it...they don't want other countries poking around because the chinese treat their people terribly...and the media is very rarely allowed in china and even if they are they are only allowed limited access...people need to stop saying the other countries don't care because its china who doesnt care

    April 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Myra

    Earthquakes happen all the time. You don't hear about all of them. The reason why Haiti may have achieved so much attention, it because 200,000 people died, as opposed to 2,000. It's terrible that these people died, but there are so many earthquakes in the world, it would be hard to set up funds for every one.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sirrah

    yes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions radical weather changes, locust swarms, ufo sightings.....these are all real signs of the End Times.

    I'm surprised that there are so many people who have not figured it out yet,...the Biblical
    prophecies of Revelation are quite real- and we are now in the early stages of this end of civilization- according to Biblical prophecy the Creator intends to destroy most of developed civilization- then afterwards a new civilization will be built which is based on higher principles of morality, and legitimate spiritual truth.

    Unfortunately we are now experiencing what Jesus called 'growing pains' as this age
    of man comes to an end- you should expect that not long after 2012 there will be wars
    breaking out- particularly a war in Middle East which pits many nations against Israel, and
    according to Prophecy the Israelis will 'destroy the city and the sanctuary.' Then the Gentiles will occupy Jerusalem for 42 months.

    For people who are non-believers, well in about 7 more years they will become 'believers'- as the saying goes 'there are no athiests in foxholes.'

    April 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Plummer Joe

    I call on the Dalai Lama to use his spiritual powers to return everything to normal. The Pope is also welcome to use his powerful prayers to stop further destruction. 2010 is starting to be a bad year with 4 major earthquakes. Now is the time for divine intervention. I hope they are both successful.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    I am too sorry for all those who fall under the weight of natural disaster, but we forteg that the way we build, puts certain pressure on the plate we stand on, which floats on a molten core. In a way, it is like a ballon filled with water, a ripple on one side, is also seen on the opposite side, so we get earthquakes in the US, the Asia, Mexico, then China. These show a ripple effect, because people just build and build paying no regard to the sensible crust of the earth. Note how the quakes happen in populated areas, not in the open.
    Because we are the cause, the crust is unstable, and we do nothing about it.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wangchuk

    Kyigudo (Ch: Yushu) is actually in the Kham region of Tibet, not in China. It was forcibly annexed by China into Qinghai Province in 1965 against the wishes of the Tibetan people. It's undisputed this region is on the Tibetan Plateau & the majority of people are Tibetans. The media should refer accurately to this as a Tibet earthquake and world leaders should send condolence messages to the Tibetan people, not the Chinese Govt who has killed more Tibetans than this quake. In addition, China should allow the Dalai Lama to visit the region & offer prayers & comfort to the Tibetan people in this region.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ignatius

    It is not just a goodnews that china is faced with this crisis. I really think they need help, upon this i call you today whoever you are, where you are from. Show some support to this people, especially the dislplaced. This is human lives at stake. Lets do something!

    April 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Amaris

    I definitely agree that people of recent and maybe smaller earthquakes aren't getting the help and attention they deserve. So let's do something! Let's email or write people with the means to make a difference. I know so many people wish they had the means or the money to do something, me included, but we all STILL have a voice and options to get the word out that these people need help.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bailoutsos

    China will play nice with America as China takes over Asia, the Western Pacific economically over the next 20 years and controls a vast amount of world natural resources. Then America will wake up, but too late.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James Smith

    China is doing a great job in resuring the people in the remote area. Please leave the politics out. Anybody wants to make a point, please don't capitalize on the dead and injured suffering victims.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. to "Mimi G of Toronto"

    be honest with your heart. If there is the chance offered to you in tibet or china whatever you want to call, would you ever considered jumping on ship to help victims regardless of the name of "chinese" or "tibetan" in such high altitude and remote location

    everyone can write something or talk something. what we forget is to pay respect to the death and to rescue team no matter what uniform or clothes they put on.

    here are old saying "to say is one thing, to do it is another" and "talk is cheap"

    May the death rest well in peace

    April 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. khanjianba

    Please every body get together to pray for the victims all over the world. As a human being no matter what color, what religions, what national, we all need each other. At this time Chinese government should show the world that they really care and respect the victims of Yushu earthquake's requested that they want the Chinese president Hu and primister Wen allowed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Yushu for pray and express his man kind. China, show us how much you really care for the Tibetan people's concern and let show to the victims that their wishes come true.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mimi G of Toronto

    Will there be any real justice to the Tibetan people? China took over Tibet by brutal force and the Tibetan people have been subjected to constant suppression and treated like a second class citizen in their own home land. And now faced with this earthquake in Jyekundo, part of historic Tibet's Kham (eastern Yushu province), renamed by China as "Qinghai" province, has successfully managed to avoid getting international attention by referring to the earthquake as "China quake" and the victims as Chinese people – no mention of Tibet whatsoever.

    Why can't Chinese government report the truth for once and state the facts as they are? Majority of the people occupying the affected area are Tibetans. China has managed to strip the Tibetans of their dignity even at their death by referring the victims as Chinese people. They need to acknowledge that they are Tibetans, not Chinese. This is a clear indication of China's intention to wipe Tibet off the face of the map.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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