China Aftershocks Destroy 420,000 Additional Homes

More aftershocks struck China on Tuesday demolishing another 420,000 homes and injuring 63 persons. The four aftershocks reached magnitude 4.5 to 5.5 on the Richter Scale. The official death toll from the earthquake rose to 67,183 on Tuesday afternoon, with about 21,000 missing. The Chinese government estimates that 45 million people, mostly in Sichuan province, were affected by the earthquake and that 5 million were left homeless. The total number of dead has been increasing on a daily basis, in part due to the havoc wrought by the aftershocks. A strong aftershock on Sunday killed at least eight people, injured about 1,000 others and destroyed more than 70,000 homes in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. Chinese officials on Monday said the country's one-child policy allows families with a child killed, severely injured or disabled to have another baby.

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