Rescue efforts for survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 131 in China’s north-west are coming to an end.

Authorities are ending operations after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Gansu province, injuring nearly 1,000 people. Thousands of workers are working in sub-zero temperatures, with many cities experiencing record low temperatures. Sixteen people remain missing in Qinghai province. Over 5,000 buildings have been damaged.

China’s deadliest earthquake since 2014, causing mudslides, landslides, and collapsed buildings in the province, with villagers split and residents huddling over fires in evacuation camps.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered thousands of personnel to rescue people in Gansu, a remote region in China, where a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred, with limited time to save lives in sub-zero conditions.

China faces increasing casualties due to earthquakes, with President Xi urging for search and rescue efforts and timely treatment of injured individuals, despite the lack of large buildings in the area.