#114 a 3-day national mourning

image from xinhua

Wenchuan earthquake claimed 40,000 to date… The air was filled with ammonia and lime powder to prevent epidemic resulting from the decayed under the inaccessible rubbles.

On 19th May at 2.28pm, China called for a national 3 minutes silence with sounds of air-raids, honks of cars and ships to observe those who died at the 8.0 richter scale earthquake in Sichuan; and a 3-day national mourning for the victims — all entertainment events canceled and the Torch Relay delayed and the television personnels to wear black.

The photos above showed kindergarten and school students taking the 3-min silence as many schools around Wenchuan and those closest to the epicenter of the quake collapsed or buried under the rubbles. Many students died — a new generation disappeared under the China’s one-child policy.

 

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