One week after quake, China mourns its dead
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China begun three days of national mourning Monday after the devastating earthquake that has taken the lives of at least 32 500 people, a number that could grow to 50 000 as more corpses are found in the ruins. (Report: M. Henbest)
Sébastien le Belzic, another FRANCE 24 correspondent reporting from
The Chinese media, including print, Internet, and broadcast, uniformly devoted their content to mourning. The People’s Daily - official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party - and the Beijing Times ran in black and white instead of the usual colour. Even Internet portals such as Yahoo
Presenters on state television wore black, and Beijing Television announced that it would suspend all programming for the three day mourning period in favour of quake coverage.
ChinaDaily.com reported that at Sunday’s scheduled awards ceremony at China Central Television (CCTV), the red carpet and awards ceremony were cancelled, though the nation’s top entertainers showed up nonetheless to express their condolences. China Daily pledged to donate 6 million yuan ($860,000) for quake relief.
The nationwide expression of condolences was by no means limited to the media; the national flag in
The Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted a 25-year old
The aftermath of the quake continues to take its toll; in addition to the 70,000 dead or missing, an estimated 4.8 million have lost their homes. The Transport Ministry reported on Monday that more than 200 relief workers had been buried by mudflows in recent days.
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