Monday, April 19, 2010

Tibetans mourn dead as China quake toll hits 791

YUSHU, China-Tibetans mourned dead relatives Friday from an earthquake that killed nearly 800 people in remote western China, as rescue crews found a handful of survivors and homeless residents complained of aid delays.
The official death toll from the quake that flattened much of the town of Gyegu climbed to 791, though some local people cast doubt on that figure, saying many more had died without being counted. Estimates by NGOs support a figure of about 1,000 dead.
Survivors of Wednesday's tremor spent another night huddled under quilts and in tents, while doctors struggled to treat the wounded in a makeshift medical center.In one Tibetan neighborhood on the outskirts of Gyegu, police moved in to break up an angry crowd waiting for tents to be unloaded from a truck.

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