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Death toll from NW China mudslide rises to 1,248; 496 still missing

2010-08-15 09:51:39 GMT2010-08-15 17:51:39 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the massive mudslide in Zhouqu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, has risen to 1,248 as of 4 p.m. Sunday, with 496 still missing, local disaster relief headquarters said.

Amid sirens and blaring horns, Chinese leaders, students, workers and members of the public across the nation paused for three minutes from 10 a.m. Sunday to mourn for the dead, a week after the devastating mudslide.

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ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug.15 (Xinhua) -- Amid sirens and horns wailing, the people in China Sunday stood in silent tribute to victims of a massive mudslide in a remote northwestern town.

Chinese leaders, citizens, students and workers across the nation paused for three minutes at 10 a.m., a week after the devastating mudslide hit Zhouqu County, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province. At least 1,239 people have died and 505 are listed as missing. Full story

Flags at half-mast in China for mudslide victims

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people gathered at the Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing early Sunday morning to watch a national flag hoisted to full height and then lowered to half-mast, mourning victims of a massive mudslide in northwest China's Zhouqu County one week ago.

A flag at half-mast is also seen at Xinhuamen, the main entrance of Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Communist Party of China and the central government, as part of the one-day national mourning.

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