XIGAZE, Tibet, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region from Saturday's earthquake in neighboring Nepal has risen to 25, according to the regional disaster relief headquarters.
A total of 117 there sustained injuries, it said.
A 8.1-magnitude quake shook Nepal at 2:11 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Saturday, which also affected the southwestern part of Tibet, especially Xigaze City.
The city has 18 counties and prefectures, and a population of more than 700,000. The counties of Gyirong, Nyalam and Tingri were most affected. Nearly 80 percent of the houses in these three counties collapsed.
The number of casualties is likely to increase as access and communication returns to normal, a spokesperson of the headquarters said.
"We worry most about Zham Town. Rescue work there is particularly difficult because the road to the town is blocked," said Mayor of Xigaze City Zhang Hongbo.
Zhang added that Zham Town has felt more than 20 aftershocks, which have caused landslides and avalanches.
The town is in short supply of food and bottled water. Food stocks will likely only last three days.
A 37-km highway linking Nyalam County with Zham has been blocked by multiple landslides.
Rescuers are still working to clear an important tunnel that winds through high mountains.
BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of government officials and more relief supplies have arrived in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region to assist with the aftermath of the 8.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, authorities said Monday.
The team, consisting of officials from several departments, ranging from finance to public health and transport, will lend their expertise in helping the area recover from the earthquake. Full story
CHENGDU, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Nine Chinese military helicopters have arrived in quake-hit Xigaze City in Tibet Autonomous Region to help with relief work following Saturday's earthquake.
Six helicopters left the Chengdu Military Area Command base at 7:40 a.m.. Another three helicopters took off from Tibet's Nyingchi base. Full story
BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- China has dispatched 158 engineers to Tibet in order to restore telecommunication facilities destroyed by Saturday's earthquake, said a statement on Monday.
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LHASA, April 27 (Xinhua) -- All spring climbing on the northern slopes of Mount Qomolangma in Tibet has been canceled following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal, it was confirmed on Monday.
Over 400 mountaineers from more than 20 countries have descended to safe places with no casualties reported, according to the regional sports bureau. Full story