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Open Our Eyes - Earth Quake, China
More than 30,000 people were missing or out of reach in the quake-hit Shifang City in southwest China's Sichuan Province, as the death toll climbed above 2,500, according to the local government.rnrnTwelve teachers and 447 students were among the dead. Another 147 teachers and 2,673 students were injured, according to a statement posted on the government website (www.shifang.gov.cn).rnrnMeanwhile, 238 more students were buried in the rubble and 147 were missing, the statement said. Buildings of seven schools in the mountains had collapsed, it said.rnrnIn addition, more than 10,000 people across the city were injured, and the total loss was estimated at about 40 billion yuan ($5.7 billion), it said.rnrn"The death toll is still rising," it said.rnrnA local press official surnamed Zou told Xinhua that power and transport had restored in most parts of the city, except in three townships.rnrn"But we are in great need of medical workers and equipment," he said.rnrnHe revealed that some 1,000 miners in small towns were among the missing.rnrn"We still have no news of them," he said.rnrnShifang came under focus when the earthquake destroyed two chemical plants in the Yinghua town and caused the leakage of 80 tons of ammonia, forcing more than 6,000 people to evacuate.rnrnBut Zou said the leak has been capped, and no one had died because of it.rnrnAccording to the government statement, a 1,000-man parachute troop are engaged in rescue efforts in the area, and about 10,000 people are staying in government shelters.rnrnThe city has a population of about 430,000 people.rnrnA 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan County of Sichuan Monday afternoon. The tremors were felt in most parts of the county.rnrnThe death toll across the country has risen to 14,866, the latest government statistics show.rnrnAmong those, 14,463 were confirmed dead in Sichuan Province, 280 in Gansu Province, 106 in Shaanxi Province, 14 in Chongqing Municipality, two in Henan P