Earthquake Toll Climbs

The confirmed death toll in China's biggest disaster in three decades was announced at just over 60,000 with nearly 26,000 people still missing. Officials believe the death toll may rise to over 70,000 during the next week. Heavy rainfall added to worries Sunday about relief efforts to house millions of people left homeless by the massive earthquake that hit nearly two weeks ago. It is estimated that five million persons may have lost their homes in Sichuan province in the May 12 earthquake. As of Sunday, 47 batches of overseas relief materials, including tents, medicine and rescuers had arrived in earthquake-hit areas. China desperately needs tents to house the homeless. The earthquake destroyed more than 15 million homes and nearly 900,000 tents are needed for the victims. The government urged Chinese manufacturers to make 30,000 tents a day.


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