PM Narendra Modi Expresses Grief Over China Earthquake

Famed Nuorilang Waterfalls completely devastated by Jiuzhaigou quake, now just a heap of mud

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has asked global tour operators in the country to follow the developments of a severe natural disaster that recently hit China's Sichuan province and adjust their schedules to ensure safety for tourists.

The statement said at least 493 were injured in Tuesday's 6.5-magnitude quake, which struck Jiuzhaigou, a popular tourist destination with a national park, forested mountains and over 140 lakes that has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The provincial government said Wednesday afternoon that most of the tourists - many stranded at a popular national park near the epicentre - have been evacuated after spending a nervous night out in the open as more than 1,000 aftershocks rippled across the region.

In addition, 23,477 local residents have been evacuated to safety.

On the Sina Weibo micro-blogging website akin to Twitter, PM Modi said he was saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the quake and added that the Indian people pray for the victims' families and hope those injured will recover swiftly, state-run CGTN TV reported.

A separate 6.6-magnitude tremor struck Xinjiang province on Wednesday, injuring 32 people.

Some 500 medical personnel from across the province have been sent to the area to provide emergency care to victims.

A total of 455 firefighters from Shaanxi Province were put on standby, and 28 rescue workers from Gansu Province carried out rescue work. "Landslides are pretty bad, rocks keep falling down".

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Rescue workers are trying to reach eight people trapped by debris after a building collapsed in Zhangzha township.

An natural disaster victim is carried on a stretcher after arriving from Jiuzhaigou county by helicopter at an airport in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China August 9, 2017.

Victims of the severe quake are sent to hospital.

One of the rescued is a 51-year-old tourist from Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, while the other is the daughter of a scenic area staff member.

"Communications lines and electricity are disrupted and people are no doubt shocked and scared", she said.

Rain is expected to fall in much of the Sichuan Basin tonight, with torrential rain forecast in the northwestern and part of the southern regions of the basin.

Power supply to the 17 towns in Jiuzhaigou county has been restored.

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