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Yunnan Earthquake : Netizens Reactions
Several hundred people have died after an earthquake in the south-western province of Yunnan in China. Chinese authorities said blocked roads and disrupted communications made it difficult to access certain areas, contributing to a slow count. An additional 2,400 were injured, authorities said, and 229,700 had been relocatedThe earthquake, which struck at 16:30 local time (08:30 GMT), measured 6.1 on the Richter scale of magnitude, China's state news agency Xinhua said about 12,000 homes had collapsed in Ludian, a county of some 439,000 people. Netizens have expressed fury at the state of affairs in Ludian. 无双小叶子: "The earthquake was big so this is a natural result. Yunnan’s geographical location dictates that earthquakes will not be occasional, but after all of these earthquakes, that the casualties are still this serious, just shows that this is not a natural disaster, but man-made. Stop saying “the world is merciless but people can help each other”. If a place has an earthquake and the government building doesn’t collapse but the civilian buildings collapse, then the government should blame itself. If a 6.5 happened in Japan or Taiwan, the casualties would not be this serious. Does Japan not have rural areas? Does Taiwan not have poor people?" 阿鲁迪巴牛牛: "Take the money found in the houses of corrupt officials and use it to build new buildings for the ordinary common people, and build them diligently." 网易广东省揭阳市网友 [省畧號]: "Now that Guo Meimei has been arrested, we can finally donate [to the Red Cross] without worries…" 不吃鱼也不吃猫的糖果果: "I myself am from Yunnan, and am very shocked, as well as very distressed. However, what I feel more is anger. According to conventional reasoning, a 6.5 earthquake isn’t considered big, and definitely not a deadly earthquake. But that the number of injured and dead are so high shocks me. This truly isn’t just a natural disaster. 90% of the collapsed buildings were rural housing. After so many years, the urban-rural gap is still like this. What happened to the money the government subsidizes to the rural? Don’t just use it to give the buildings an exterior coat of paint every time, just to get by [cursory] checks [by superiors]!!!
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