China Mourns; 200 Rescuers Buried by Mudslides

A week after quake, flags fly at half-mast amid national silence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 6:45 AM CDT
China Mourns; 200 Rescuers Buried by Mudslides
A paramilitary police rescue crew stops recovery work in a collapsed building to stand for three minutes silence as a mark of respect to the victims of the devastating earthquake.   (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Millions across China bowed their heads and observed 3 minutes of silence today in the first of 3 official days of mourning for the 71,000 dead or missing in last week's earthquake. Flags flew at half mast, rescue workers paused in their efforts and trading was halted on stock exchanges. State news reported that 200 rescue workers repairing damaged roads have been buried by mudslides over the last 3 days, as continuing heavy rain raised fears of new flooding and landslides. (Read more China stories.)

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