BEIJING – The death toll from the magnitude-7 earthquake in Jiuzhaigou, in the central Chinese province of Sichuan, rose to 24 on Saturday after four more bodies were recovered, official news agency Xinhua reported.
Authorities said that five people were still missing after the quake, which left 493 wounded, including 45 who are in critical condition.
The earthquake affected one of the most popular natural parks in China, forcing the evacuation of more than 85,000 people, including 126 foreign tourists.
The area is about 300 kilometers from the site of a 2008 earthquake that struck Wenchuan, leaving almost 90,000 victims dead or missing.
The severity of that quake had initially led to fears that Tuesday’s tremor could cause similar casualties, although the damage this time has been relatively minor.