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Scores Killed In Chinese Earthquake, Hundreds Injured

Chinese officials say that at least 63 people have been killed and some 700 injured in earthquakes that have struck the southwest part of the country.

The quakes centered near the borders of the Yunnan and Guizhou provinces on September 7.

Yunnan's civil affairs department reported 6,650 houses were destroyed and 100,000 people evacuated.

The death toll was expected to rise as there are still remote communities that rescuers have not been able to reach because of the destruction to roads.

Health officials were also warning of disease outbreaks since thousands of farm animals were killed in the earthquake.

China's CCTV said authorities were sending thousands of tents, blankets, and coats.

The station also said that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao was going to the area.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa