Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, teachers search for their belongings from the collapsed dormitories at Longquan Middle School in Longtoushan town of Ludian county, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.  Ten-thousand Chinese soldiers are using pickaxes and backhoes in an ongoing effort to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes after Sunday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southwest China.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Xing Guangli)
In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, teachers search for their belongings from the collapsed dormitories at Longquan Middle School in Longtoushan town of Ludian county, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Ten-thousand Chinese soldiers are using pickaxes and backhoes in an ongoing effort to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes after Sunday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southwest China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Xing Guangli)

LUDIAN, China (AP) – Authorities say the death toll in southern China’s earthquake has risen to 589 as search and rescue teams are working to clear isolated mountain communities in Yunnan province.

The provincial government says more than 2,400 people have been injured in Sunday’s 6.1 magnitude quake in the rural Yunnan county of Ludian.

Thousands of troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to the site to dig out possible survivors from the debris, but landslides and rains have complicated rescue efforts.

The quake struck an area of steep hills and narrow roads, also not suited to all the traffic of the massive relief effort.

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