A powerful earthquake hit southern China, killing at least 398 people and injuring more than 1,800. About 12,000 homes and a school collapsed when the quake struck around 370 kilometres northeast of Yunnan province's capital, Kunming.

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Collapsed buildings are seen after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Longtoushan town, Ludian county, Zhaotong, Yunnan province, China(Reuters)
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Rescuers pay their respects to people who were killed during an earthquake in Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province(Reuters)
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A paramilitary policeman carries a baby in his arms after an earthquake hit Ludian county(Reuters)
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An injured man looks up as he walks past earthquake debris(Reuters)

The epicentre of the 6.3 magnitude quake was Longtoushan town in the province's mountainous Ludian county.

Rescuers have found at least 32 survivors as they dig through the wreckage of shattered homes. A five-year-old boy was dug out of the debris by hand, alive but with leg injuries.

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Rescue workers use their hands to dig a boy out from debris of a collapsed house(Reuters)
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Rescue workers evacuate a boy they dug out from under debris of a collapsed house in Longtoushan(Reuters)

More than 2,500 troops have been dispatched to the disaster region, along with tents, quilts, sleeping bags and other emergency supplies.

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Liu Jiali places the body of his child onto a sheet after an earthquake killed his wife and two children(Reuters)
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Rescuers search for survivors among collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Ludian county(Reuters)
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A paramilitary policeman carries an elderly man on his back(Reuters)
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Yang Hongshun, 9, is seen at a hospital after he was injured in the earthquake in Ludian county(Reuters)
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Rescuers carry an injured man on a makeshift stretcher down the stairs of a bridge(Reuters)