At least 66 people have been killed and another 250 were injured in an earthquake that struck China's southwestern Sichuan province on Monday,

Iran PressAsia: The earthquake struck a mountainous area in Luding county, which sits on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau roughly 200km (125 miles) from Chengdu, where tectonic plates grind up against each other.

Chinese firefighters worked in treacherous terrain on Tuesday to help evacuate more than 11,000 people after a magnitude-6.8 quake struck China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan a day earlier, killing at least 66 people.

The death toll from the strongest earthquake to hit China's southwestern Sichuan province since 2017 rose to 66 on Tuesday, though dozens of people were suffering heavy injuries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said that everything possible should be done to help those affected by the disaster and minimize the loss of life. 219

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China earthquake: Death toll climbs to 65