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Death toll rises in China earthquake

Rescue teams and family members search for survivors of a 6.5-magnitute earthquake which hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county in China. The natural disaster has killed almost 600 people, with many more still unaccounted for.

Death toll rises in China earthquake
A general view of Longtoushan Township is seen after the earthquake on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers on Sunday, killing at least 589 people. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
A villager walks past a collapsed house at the quake-hit area on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers on Sunday, killing at least 589 people. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
A woman cries on the ruins of her collapsed house as her daughter and daughter-in-law are buried under the debris on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers on Sunday, killing at least 589 people. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
Xie Weili cries after finding out his two daughters and four grandchildren were killed by an earthquake on August 5, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. 589 people are believed to have been killed during Ludian earthquake. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
Xiong Zhengfen, 88, is rescued after being buried underneath debris from an earthquake more than 50 hours later at on August 5, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on August 3 about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. An estimated 589 people were killed. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
Xiong Zhengfen, 88, is rescued after being buried underneath debris from an earthquake more than 50 hours later at on August 5, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on August 3 about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. An estimated 589 people were killed. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
Rescue workers search for survived people after an earthquake on August 5, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on August 3 about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. An estimated 589 people were killed. (Getty Images)
Death toll rises in China earthquake
Rescuers walk through a landslide-hit area on August 5, 2014 in Ludian County, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers on Sunday, killing at least 589 people. (Getty Images)