Death toll in China rises to 589

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Death toll in China rises to 589
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry a victim's body at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers mourn victims at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old family matriarch He Guixiu burn paper money beside her body in a ceremony after she was found in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, state media said, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Candles burn beside the body of 71-year-old family matriarch He Guixiu in a ceremony after she was found buried in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, state media said, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
The daughter (C), grand-daughter (R) and daughter-in-law (L) of 71-year-old family matriarch He Guixiu grieve beside her body after she was found buried in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, state media said, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old family matriarch He Guixiu burn paper money beside her body in a ceremony after she was found in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, state media said, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old family matriarch He Guixiu burn paper money beside her body in a ceremony after she was found in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu is carried away from a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu is carried away from a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu grieve as her body is carried away from a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu react as her body is found in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of 71-year-old matriarch He Guixiu react as her body is found in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Militia men carry flags as they walk across collapsed buildings to search for bodies at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Militia men stop to listen for voices of possible survivors in a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
YANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) A pair of hands holding a candlelight are seen beside candlelights arranged in a heart shape with the date of Ludian earthquake to bless for earthquake victims on August 4, 2014 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. About 398 people were killed, 1801 wounded, 3 missing and 1.08 million people affcted in Ludian earthquake. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Militia men stop to listen for voices in the rubble of a collapsed house at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
A slogan which reads 'family planning benefits the nation' is seen on the side of a government building next to collapsed houses at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 5, 2014. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated the once-idyllic mountainside village of Longtoushan in southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on August 4, 2014 shows a woman walking past her destroyed home after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on August 4, 2014 shows rescuers and local residents carrying a quake victim after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor devastated southwest China's Yunnan province, at least 398 people have been confirmed dead, with 80,000 houses destroyed and 124,000 seriously damaged. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
LUDIAN, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Wu Guizhen, a 82-year-old man, is helped from the ruins of Ludian earthquake on August 4, 2014 in Ludian, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. About 398 people were killed, 1801 wounded, 3 missing and 1.08 million people affcted in Ludian earthquake. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Villagers carry relief supplies at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry injured people onto a helicopter at the quake-hit on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry a victim's body at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) An injured man reacts at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry an injured person at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) A boy sits in a tent at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry an injured person onto a helicopter at the quake-hit on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers carry an injured person at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 04: (CHINA OUT) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A rescuer carries an injured child for evacuation following an earthquake in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers look for earthquake survivors among the debris of collapsed houses in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Earthquake victims sit amid the debris of collapsed houses in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry the body of an earthquake victim in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and residents are pictured amid collapsed houses following an earthquake in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry the body of an earthquake victim in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers take care of an injured earthquake victim in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry an injured earthquake victim in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry an earthquake victim in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A grieving earthquake survivor cries in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescuer stands by an excavator clearing debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers walk towards damaged houses and debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers search for survivors amid debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tired rescuers sleep in the debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers walk past damaged houses in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescuer carries a board as he walks past debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
People carry an injured man through the debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry earthquake victims in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
People carry an injured man in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman (C) carries an injured girl in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Earthquake victims carry a camp bed in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A child(C) touches his injured mother as she lies on a wooden board in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A father carries his son as they wait to be evacuated from earthquake-struck Ludian County, in China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. An intense rescue operation was under way in China after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Earthquake survivors wait to be evacuated in Ludian County, in China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. An intense rescue operation was under way in China after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
A baby cries on its mother's back as they are evacuated from earthquake-struck Ludian County, in China's Yunnan province on August 4, 2014. An intense rescue operation was under way in China after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Rescuers search for buried people at the quake-hit area on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county on Sunday, killing at least 398 people. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows earthquake victims sitting by the street side at night in Ludian county, part of Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) The aftermath after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows a man (C) holding a little girl on a hospital bed during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue an elderly man after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Local people evacuate the area after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows a man (R) carrying an injuried girl in a hospital during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police and a nurse rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Local people evacuate the area after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police and a nurse rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
ZHAOTONG, CHINA - AUGUST 03: (CHINA OUT) Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong's Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows a man (C) holding a little girl in the corridor of a hospital bed during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows a nurse (C) walking past two injuried children in a hospital corridor during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows victims staying in the corridor of a hospital during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows an injuried child lying on her hospital bed during the first night after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province. More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on August 3, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and a villager walk past rubbles from destroyed houses following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed more than 300 people and has left thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A rescuer walks past a school bag and other items laying on the rubbles of destroyed houses following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed more than 300 people and has left thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Map locates earthquake in Ludian county, Yunnan province; 1c x 2 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 63 mm;
A rescuer walks past paramilitary policemen searching for survivors at a destroyed house following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed more than 300 people and has left thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A rabbit sniffs around the rubbles following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed more than 300 people and has left thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN

LUDIAN, China (AP) - The death toll in southern China's earthquake rose to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams pushed into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.

The Yunnan provincial government said more than 2,400 people were injured in Sunday's 6.1 magnitude quake in the mountainous Yunnan farming region of Ludian county - the country's deadliest temblor in four years.

At a makeshift headquarters in the forecourt of a cracked middle school in the worst-hit town of Longtoushan, a senior colonel in the People's Liberation Army said there might still be hope to find survivors.

"There are a lot of people that we may never be able to dig out," said senior Col. Feng, who declined to give his full name because he was not an officially designated spokesman. "But there is still hope."

Wednesday's big jump in the death toll - up from 410 on Tuesday - was due to rescuers arriving in places where they had previously been unable to contact anybody, in small farming villages built into the mountains above the main towns, said Feng, a military officer based in Sichuan province.

Thousands of troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated rescue efforts.

The quake struck an area of steep hills and narrow roads that are not well suited to all the traffic of the massive relief effort. Landslides have shorn shear rocky faces into the region's valleys.

The weather was clear Wednesday and the roads into Longtoushan were clogged with rescue vehicles, ambulances and military jeeps along with residents and volunteers on foot.

The region is prone to earthquakes. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people. In September 2012, a series of quakes killed 81 people.

In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan province left nearly 90,000 people dead.

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