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China to mourn quake dead as toll passes 2,000

China to mourn quake dead as toll passes 2,000
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Spurred on by miracle rescues on Monday, search teams are continuing to look for survivors, nearly a week after China’s earthquake.

More than 2,000 people are now known to have died in the disaster on the mountainous Tibetan plateau. Some 12,000 others were injured in last Wednesday’s powerful quake, its epicentre in Yushu county.

As hopes dwindled that anyone could still be alive, three people were plucked from the rubble, among them an elderly woman and a-four-year-old girl.

With aid deliveries at the mercy of deteriorating weather conditions, the plight of survivors is precarious.

The loved ones they have lost are being officially remembered, a week on, with Wednesday designated a day of mourning. National flags in China will fly at half-mast and public entertainment will be curtailed.

What many survivors want is for the exiled Dalai Lama to be allowed to come and comfort them, as he has requested. It is a request not granted by Chinese authorities who see him as a separatist threat.