Aftershock reportedly kills 3 in China disaster zone

The toll from a powerful aftershock in a central Chinese region devastated by an earlier disaster has risen to three, and more than 3,200 houses have been destroyed, a state-run news agency reported Wednesday. The magnitude 6.0 aftershock Tuesday hit Sichuan province and nearby Shaanxi and Gansu, collapsing buildings and cutting highways, power and water supplies and communications, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Xinhua cited local officials as saying two people were killed and 29 injured in Yaodu town, and more than 3,200 houses were ruined in Yaodu and two other towns nearby. One person died and six were injured in Wenxian in Gansu, Xinhua said.