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Bangladeshis in Yunnan safe

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Staff reporter
Bangladeshi nationals living in Yunnan province of China are safe following the earthquake that claimed some 398 lives there so far.
“The Bangladesh mission in Kunming contacted members of the Bangladesh communities living in different areas under the jurisdiction of the mission and all have been found safe,” said a Foreign Ministry release on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in the earthquake that hit south west China.
Rescuers dug through shattered homes on Monday looking for survivors of the strong earthquake in Yunnan province as the death toll rose to at least 398 people with more than 1,800 injured.
About 12,000 homes collapsed when the quake struck on Sunday afternoon in impoverished Ludian county, around 370 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Yunnan's capital, Kunming.
The quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people, and a magnitude-7.1 quake in the province killed more than 1,400 in 1974. In September 2012, 81 people died and 821 were injured in a series of earthquakes in the Yunnan region.