More than a week after China’s devastating earthquake in Sichuan province, rescuers are still finding survivors. Sichuan TV has shown pictures of a man they say spent more than 170 hours buried under the rubble. He is reported to be in a stable condition. In the city of Chengdu, tens of thousands of residents fled in panic after a provincial TV report predicted more aftershocks of the same strength as last week’s tremor, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Streams of people headed for open spaces, away from remaining buildings. Thousands gathered for a vigil in the capital of Sichuan province, as China began three days of mourning. More than 34 000 are confirmed dead, 9 500 remain buried. 29 000 are missing.
Parents whose children died when a school collapsed in Wufu turned their anger on local officials. They are furious that the Number Two Primary School was virtually the only building in the town which did not withstand the tremor, claiming it was made from substandard materials.
Tragic for any parent, the loss of a child carries particular poignancy in China, where government policies restrict couples to just one offspring. Nearly 200 parents drew blood to write the names of their children on a white banner.