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More than 100,000 residents were evacuated after Friday’s
quakes toppled thousands of houses and sent boulders cascading across
roads in a remote mountainous area along the borders of Guizhou and
Yunnan provinces.

The damage was preventing rescuers from reaching
outlying towns, and communications were disrupted after the midday
quakes hit in a region of small farms and mines where some of China’s
poorest people live. Weather forecasts Saturday said there was a chance
of rain over the next three days, which could hamper rescue work.

But
there was some good news, with state television reporting that four
babies had been born in temporary hospitals set up since the quakes hit.

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