China announces three-day mourning period for quake victims

May 18th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): China has announced three-day national mourning period for May 12 earthquake victims. Flags are to be kept at half-mast and all public amusements will be suspended for three days from Monday.

The State Council, the Cabinet, on Sunday ordered a nationwide display of respect for the dead.

The Olympic torch relay will also be suspended from Monday to Wednesday, the Olympic organizing committee said.

China’s missions abroad were also ordered to observe the order, and condolence books are to be opened in the Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.

The public are asked to stand in silence for three minutes from 2:28 p.m. on Monday, while automobiles, trains, and ships would sound their air sirens.

The order was issued in a brief circular that contained no further details.

The death toll from the powerful earthquake rose to 32,477 nationwide as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, while the number of injured reached 220,109, according to the emergency response office under the State Council. (ANI)

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