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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2010-08-16 15:35:30

    Staff members of the Chinese Embassy pay a silent tribute to the victims of the Aug. 8 mudslide disaster in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province, in Amman, capital of Jordan, Aug. 15, 2010. China on Sunday held mounrings for the mudslide victims, all over the country and at overseas embassies and consulates. (Xinhua)

    Chinese embassies and consulates across the world on Sunday held memorial services to mourn the victims of a massive mudslide that killed at least 1,239 people in northwest China.

    At 7 a.m. local time (2200 GMT, Saturday), the Chinese national flag was lowered to half mast at the embassy in Tokyo, where embassy staff joined a group of Chinese who are living, studying or doing business in Japan at a mourning ceremony.

    With funeral music wafting, participants paid a silent tribute to their compatriots killed in the Aug. 8 downpour-triggered disaster in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, which devastated local homes and infrastructure. A total of 505 people are still missing.

    The Chinese flag was flown at half mast at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, where staff members observed three minutes' silence for the dead. They also laid wreaths and lit candles to remember the victims.

    Similar ceremonies also took place at Chinese embassies in Cambodia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Nepal, Mongolia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

    The Chinese consulates-general in Almaty and Sydney also held memorial services.

    China is observing a day of national mourning on Sunday, with national flags flying at half mast and all public entertainment activities suspended.

    China has suffered the worst flooding in a decade this summer. Floods and other rain-induced disasters have so far left more than 2,300 people dead and 1,200 missing nationwide this year.

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? xinhua 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong
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