Thousands of survivors in Jiegu, China are dealing with near freezing weather as the death toll from its recent earthquake has so far counted more than 10,000 injured and 589 among dead. The quake struck at 7:49 am local time, April 14, measuring 7.1 magnitude.
According to Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, the mountainous city of Jiegu, has seen temperatures drop to 37 degrees since that town's earthquake, which saw 85 percent of the homes destroyed there. Qinghai province, bordering Tibet, is more than 13,000 feet above sea level and is known for its very cool temperatures.
More than 900 people so far have been rescued from the rubble by rescuers. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs has pledged to senf 5,000 tents, 50,000 cotton coats, and 50,000 quilts to the ravaged area.
Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has arrived in the area to oversea a massive rescue effort, including police, firefighter, soldiers, paramedics, and other rescue experts. International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally in Geneva, Switzerland stated that China is well equipped for an emergency response, adding that an international response has been deemed unnecessary so far.
“China has more than enough supplies and is very well equipped to deal with a disaster of this size,” he told Bloomberg wire service.