In pictures: Yunnan earthquake

Several hundred people have died with more then 1,800 injured after an earthquake in the south-western province of Yunnan in China.

Chinese rescuers carry an injured resident after the earthquake in Yunnan province- 3 August 2014

The earthquake, which struck at 16:30 local time (08:30 GMT), measured 6.1 on the Richter scale of magnitude,

An aerial view of collapsed houses after the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

China's state news agency Xinhua said about 12,000 homes had collapsed in Ludian, a county of some 439,000 people.

Chinese rescue workers carry an injured resident on a stretcher after the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

A major rescue and relief operation is under way and the government in Beijing is sending sent tents, beds and clothing to the region.

Residents gather near damaged houses following the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

Residents filled the streets after the earthquake, which knocked out electricity supplies and communication lines.

Residents flee a landslide that was caused by the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

Panic followed the initial tremor after its vibrations caused small landslides and sent debris crashing down on to roads and buildings.

A member of the Chinese military carries a baby in his arms after the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

One resident living close to the epicentre told state media that the streets looked like a "battlefield after bombardment".

A boy cries next to his sister at a hospital after they were both injured by the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

Hospital wards have been overwhelmed and teams of medical workers have been dispatched to the disaster zone to treat the injured.

A child drinks milk from a bottle at a hospital after being injured in the earthquake in Yunnan province - 3 August 2014

South-west China lies in an area that is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake in Sichuan in 2008 killed tens of thousands of people.

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