This photo taken on April 23, 2013, shows a woman cooking beside collapsed houses in Lushan county of Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The death toll from a devastating earthquake in in China's northwest Gansu Province has risen to nearly 90, Chinese officials say.
Authorities in Gansu province say Over 500 people have also been injured, with 60 in serious condition. Several people have also gone missing or remain unaccounted for following the the early-morning tremor.
An initial investigation shows 6.6-magnitude quake caused the collapse of more than 1,200 buildings and severely damaged another 21,000.
Helicopters, armed police and firefighters have been sent to the quake-hit region to help with rescue efforts.
Tens of thousands of homeless survivors of the quake are living in makeshift tents or on the streets, facing shortages of food and supplies.
Much of western China and its adjacent regions are prone to earthquakes.
The worst of China’s earthquakes in recent years happened on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan Province, where about 70,000 people lost their lives and at least 4.8 million people were displaced.
The 8-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan was the deadliest to strike China since the 1976 quake in Tangshan, known as the Great Tangshan Earthquake, which claimed the lives of 240,000 people.