BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders have urged all-out rescue efforts after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The provincial and civil affairs authorities must be swift in organizing rescue and relief work and do their best to minimize casualties, said President Xi Jinping, who was visiting Fiji.
Two people had been confirmed dead and another 54 injured as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday after the earthquake hit Kangding County of Garze at 4:55 p.m. Saturday.
About 55,000 people have been affected by the quake, according to the provincial civil affair department.
Xi asked local authorities to strengthen post-quake monitoring and prevent secondary disasters, and well settle the people affected. He also ordered the military and armed police to support and help with the quake relief.
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