Monday, May 19, 2008

Sichuan mourning...

200 Earthquake Relief Workers Buried by Mudslide in China

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency says more than 200 relief workers have been buried by a mudslide in Sichuanprovince.

The Chinese government has declared a three-day period of mourning for the May 12 quake. It has estimated that as many as 50,000 people died as a result of the earthquake.

(From NYT news alert Monday, May 19, 2008 -- 2:47 AM ET)

Millions of people in China and overseas observed three minutes silence at 2:28 p.m. Monday (0628 GMT, or about two hours ago) to mourn thousands of people killed in an earthquake which hit the nation's southwest a week ago.

National flags will fly at half mast, public entertainments will be cancelled and the Olympic torch relay suspended during the three-day mourning period.

(More from Xinhua: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/19/content_8203338.htm)

"China requests the international community donate tents as a priority when they donate materials because many houses were toppled in the quake and because it is the rainy season," ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement, also thanking the international community for its help so far.

(NYT Report: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-China-Earthquake.html?hp)

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