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The death toll from last month's massive earthquake in southwestern China is expected to exceed 80,000, state media reported Tuesday.

Officially 69,181 people are dead with another missing 18,498, according to authorities.

"Because it is presumed that the missing people are already dead, the total death toll of this disaster is likely to exceed 80,000," said Vice Premier Hui Liangyu. Read full article »

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