Kyrgyzstan is observing an official day of mourning as rescuers search the rubble for victims and signs of life a day after an earthquake killed at least 74 people.
The 6.6-magnitude quake yesterday near Kyrgyzstan’s borders with Tajikistan and China flattened the remote village of Nura, leaving just a handful of small houses standing.
Health Ministry official Toktomat Abdymomunov says at least 30 of the dead are of pre-school age. Ninety-three children were in hospital with shock and varying degrees of physical injury.
Some lost both their parents in the quake.
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is due to visit the affected area today.