China releases new earthquake photos

July 18, 2008 7:26:06 PM PDT
Chinese officials Friday released new images from May's devastating earthquake and revealed more details of the massive scope of the damage.

The images show high rises and entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble, collapsed bridges, landslides and quake survivors being rescued.

Over 69,000 people died in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in central China, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco said.

More than 18,000 people are still missing and 10 million people are homeless, many of them living in tents.

Bay Area donors have given the consulate nearly $3 million and another $1.5 in goods to help the victims.

"I'd like to express their heartfelt thanks to the governments of the cities of the Bay Area, especially the city of San Francisco, and all of the people of the Bay Area," Consulate General spokesperson Defa Tong said.

Government representatives have said that China plans to spend the next eight years in a massive project to rebuild the devastated areas.


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