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50,000 Feared Dead From Quake

Posted on May 15, 2008
AP photo / Ng Han Guan

Rescue workers pull a young girl from under the rubble of a collapsed school in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

Chinese state media are reporting that more than 50,000 people could be found dead as a result of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday. That’s substantially higher than earlier estimates. The government has already confirmed close to 20,000 deaths.

Unlike Burma, which is also dealing with the aftermath of a major natural disaster, China has been more receptive to help from abroad.

For example, the government has been uncharacteristically open to assistance from Japan and Taiwan, two countries with which it has historically tense relations.


More than 50,000 people may have died in the earthquake that devastated parts of China on Monday, state media say.

The warning came after the government confirmed the death toll had risen to 19,500, as rescue efforts continue to search for thousands still trapped.

About 10 million people across Sichuan province have been directly affected by the 7.9 quake, state media said.

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By still confused, May 15, 2008 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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reading my own post, i cringe in embarrassment.

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By still confused, May 15, 2008 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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i like to read the articles that only have 1 or 2 comments, where the anti-West slant is not so obviously present. but this young worthy has managed to use this unlikely pretense to croak out another castigation.

hate, contempt, resentment, grievance - these are the actualities of our species.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 15, 2008 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Its very pretentious of the BBC and others in the West to continue to negatively critique China over such an awful disaster.

Sympathy is appropriate, not contemptous sneering, and Taiwan and Japan have indeed been genuinely sympathetic and helpful. They are also close neighbors.

Amazing that the BBC is totally unaware of China’s president Hu’s very recent visit to Japan and the closer ties with Taiwan now since the recent presidential election there.

It has been a heroic effort by so many military personnel, too. That is nothing new in China and the Yangtse River floods a decade ago received a similar response. Americans in particular have a lot to learn…......

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