UN team supports China earthquake response

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A UN Disaster Management Team in China is supporting the country's response to the deadly earthquake which hit Sichuan province on Saturday.

While there has been no request from China for international assistance, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports that the team is assisting with collecting data on damage and loss.

According to the agency, 207 people are reported dead and more than 12,000 injured as a result of the disaster.

Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson in Geneva, says the casualty figures could rise as many areas are difficult to access.

"A total of over 1.5 million people have been affected and 245,000 have been evacuated in the disaster areas. Many local houses, which are made of wood and earthen walls, have collapsed, including practically all the houses in the epicentre in Longmen township of Lushan county."

OCHA says so far, there are no significant epidemic outbreaks or public health emergencies.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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