Sichuan Mourns Quake Victims
    2013-04-28 14:18:36         Web Editor: Luo Dan


Public mourning was held on Saturday morning in southwest China's Sichuan Province for those who died in a 7.0-magnitude quake a week ago. For more, our reporter in Lushan Wang Wei, has more.

It's been a week after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ya'an in southwest China's Sichuan Province. A public mourning was held this morning at the memorial hall in the old county district of Lushan. A banner hangs in the hall that reads "Profound condolences to people killed in the April the 20th earthquake." More than 200 representatives of different fields attended the mourning.

At 8:02 am the mourning begins.

"Now, let's mourn for those who died in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake."

All transportation vehicles and ships within Sichuan Province are asked to sound their horns and sirens. And the civil air defense siren resounds in Lushan for 3 minutes.

"Now, let's present flowers to our compatriots who died in the earthquake."

After mourning, flowers are presented to pay tribute to the dead.

All public recreational activities are stopped in Sichuan Province and mourning ceremonies are held in different forms in other places in the quake hit area.

According to official statistics, the earthquake has killed 196 people with 21 missing and more than 13 thousand injured. Moreover, over 690 thousand houses collapsed or are severely damaged. Nearly 2.5 million people are affected by the earthquake.

After the earthquake struck the town, the Sichuan provincial government and military and armed police forces organized and provided emergency rescue and relief efforts. They provided survivors with food, clothes, shelters, clean water and medical care.

There's no epidemic in the hit area, and the post-disaster reconstruction work is in progress. Temporary boarding houses are being set up and psychological consultation services are being offered.

For CRI, I'm Wang Wei in Lushan.

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