China to mourn quake dead, public entertainment to be suspended   2010-04-20 21:51:02 FeedbackPrintRSS

Special Report: Qinghai Earthquake

Photo taken on April 19, 2010 shows a view of the quake-devastated Zhaxi Datong Village, in Gyegu Town, Yushu County, northwest China's Qinghai Province. Zhaxi Datong Village is the worst-hit area during the April 14 quake in Qinghai. It has been mostly razed to the ground and 120 of the total about 670 villagers here lost their lives. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese flag will be lowered to half-mast around the country and at embassies and consulates abroad Wednesday in a show of respect for those killed in the April 14 earthquake in Qinghai Province, the State Council ordered Tuesday.

Public entertainment would also be suspended Wednesday, the State Council, China's cabinet, said in an announcement.

Following the announcement, the Ministry of Culture issued an urgent circular, ordering administrative departments to strengthen supervision of entertainment venues and to punish those violating the rule.

Besides entertainment venues such as cinemas, theaters, karaoke bars, dance clubs and Internet cafes, website groups should also suspend all online services of music, games, comics, films and TV shows.

A 7.1-magnitude quake struck Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in southern Qinghai on April 14. It has left at least 2,064 people dead, 175 missing, and 12,135 injured by Tuesday.


Chinese gov't adds 43.9 mln USD for quake relief

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has allocated another 300 million yuan (43.9 million U.S. dollars) to quake relief in the northwest Qinghai Province on top of 200 million yuan earmarked last week, the Ministry of Finance said Tuesday.Full story

Foreign countries offer quake relief funds to China

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Japan, the Republic of Korea, France, the United States and Norway have offered funds and donations totaling 3.2 million U.S. dollars to aid quake relief work in northwest China, China's Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.Full story

Chinese armed forces provide quick response, quake relief to Yushu

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese military officers who had returned from northwest Qinghai Province said on Tuesday that the country's armed forces were quick to engage in the earthquake relief work in Yushu.Full story

China's quake zone battles snow, rain as rescue continues

YUSHU, Qinghai, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Snow continued to fall on the earthquake zone in China's rugged northwestern plateau Tuesday, snarling traffic and slowing delivery of badly needed relief goods.Full story

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Editor: Han Jingjing
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