BEIJING: Thousands of people were killed and several wounded after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 on Richter scale struck the southwestern parts of the country on Monday. The Chinese News Agency Xinhua reports that three to five thousand people were killed just in the Sichuan Province. Local officials said that eighty per cent building have been collapsed.The earthquake swayed buildings in Beijing and Shanghai and was also felt in Hong Kong Hanoi and Taipei.-SANA
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