Rescuers continue to race against time to find survivors after the strongest quake to hit China in 32 years jolted southwestern Sichuan province, demolishing buildings and trapping tens of thousands beneath the rubble.
The rescue teams had finally arrived at the epicentre of China’s devastating earthquake last night and began searching for survivors in the ruins of buildings under which thousands of people are feared to have been buried.
Xinhua earlier reported that the death toll had risen to 14,866. An unofficial tally of deaths in individual communities as reported by the news agency over several days put the toll at 19,565.
Nearly 26,000 people were still buried under debris and another 14,000 missing. More than 64,000 people sustained injuries.
Al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan reports from Sichuan on the rescue efforts following China’s deadly earthquake:
For those who are looking to contribute to current aid efforts underway, you can now donate money to the Red Cross Society of China which has formed a disaster relief working group to be dispatched to the earthquake-stricken Wenchuan County in Sichuan.
They have also published an emergency relief hotline, along with bank account information to receive donations to assist their cause:
Account name: Red Cross Society of China
For those who want to donate in RMB: you can send money to the RMB account at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch below:
人民币开户行: 中国工商银行 北京分行东四南支行
For those who want to donate in foreign currency, you can send money to the foreign currency account at the CITIC Bank branch below:
Hotline: (8610) 65139999
Online donations: Red Cross Society of China website: www.redcross.org.cn
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You can visit ESWN as they have put up a compilation of pictures from the Earthquake.