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No Taiwanese in Yunnan quake area: official

TAIPEI -- There have been no reports of Taiwanese tour groups visiting Ludian in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, where a agnitude-6.5 earthquake has left almost 400 people dead, the Tourism Bureau said late Sunday.

Chang Shi-chung, the bureau's deputy director-general, said the area is relatively remote and is not one of the popular destinations for Taiwanese tour groups.

It is, however, still difficult to determine whether there are independent travelers from Taiwan in the quake-hit area, according to Roget Hsu, secretary-general of the Travel Agent Association of the Republic of China.

Ludian, with a population of 265,900, was struck Sunday afternoon by an earthquake that killed an estimated 380 people, injured nearly 2,000, and disrupted local communications, power and transportation lines, according to China's state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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