The death toll in a devastating earthquake in northwest China's Qinghai Province has climbed to 1,339, with another 332 still missing, rescuers said on Saturday.

The 7.1-magnitude quake that struck Yushu county in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu at 7.49 a.m. on Wednesday has also left 11,849 injured, 1,297 severely, said Xia Xueping, a spokesman for the rescue headquarters. On Saturday, hundreds of victims were cremated on a hillside in Gyegu, the town hit hardest by the quake.

Meanwhile, a school in the quake-hit zone resumed classes on Saturday afternoon in prefab housing — the first school to do so.

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