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5/19/2008

China stands still to mourn quake victims

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A paramilitary police rescue crew stands in a collapsed building for three minutes silence as a mark of respect to the victims of a devastating earthquake, in the town of Tashui, in China's southwest Sichuan province Monday May 19, 2008.

WENCHUAN, China - China stood still Monday in mourning over tens of thousands of earthquake victims, and the government appealed for more international aid to cope with the country's deadliest disaster in a generation.

The military was still struggling to reach areas cut off by the earthquake, with more than 10,000 discovered stranded in Yinxiui valley near the epicenter Sunday. There was no information on casualties there, and 600 soldiers were hiking into the area. In an indication of the massive challenge China faces in housing the millions made homeless by the earthquake, the Foreign Ministry made an international appeal for tents. In the disaster area, more than 200 relief workers were reported buried in a mudslide in Sichuan province, where the quake was centered. There were no more details in the report.
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