We begin with the rising death toll from the devastating earthquake in southern China as rescue workers continue efforts to locate survivors.
With more, we now turn to Paul at the News Center.
Paul, what's the latest on the search operation?
According to local government authorities, 3-hundred-98 have now been confirmed dead and almost 2-thousand injured.
This as Beijing dispatches another 25-hundred troops to aid the massive relief operation.
The powerful 6.1 magnitude quake struck China's southern Yunnan(Yoo-nan) province in the densely populated city of Zhaotong on Sunday afternoon.
It had the deepest impact on Ludian county, where Xinhua News Agency estimates that about 12-thousand homes had collapsed.
A major search and rescue operation has since been launched but rescuers say they're still struggling against torrential rains and landslides.
It's unknown how many people could STILL be trapped under the debris as rescue teams have yet to reach remote communities in the area.
Red Cross branches in Hong Kong and Macau are also sending relief supplies, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offering to mobilize any international support if needed.
Chinese authorities have scaled up their disaster response to the highest national level to address the aftermath of what is being described as the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 14 years.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the worst-hit area on Monday afternoon to oversee relief efforts, while President Xi Jinping has ordered authorities to make "all-out efforts" to save as many lives as possible.
bartektodde (USA) 2014-08-05 19:24:07 KST
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
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