The death toll from a powerful earthquake earlier this week near a scenic area of southwestern China's Sichuan Province has risen to 24, with at least five people still missing, local authorities said Saturday.
The number of people injured in the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck Jiuzhaigou County has risen to around 500, according to the authorities.
Among the 20 people who had been confirmed dead Friday morning, 14 have been identified. Most appear to be people from outside Sichuan Province and tourists. Among the dead is an 11-month old baby.
Chinese media reported the possibility of rain in the quake zone on Saturday, raising fears of secondary hazards such as landslides. The weather is expected to clear up on Sunday.
Power has mostly been restored in quake-stricken areas. Some 3,000 aftershocks have occurred in the area.
The epicenter of the quake was close to Jiuzhaigou National Park, a popular tourist destination in the mountains on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.