Expo pavilion ritual for mourning people killed in NW China mudslide

13:59, August 15, 2010      

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Staff members of the Chinese Embassy to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) 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 Pyongyang Aug. 15, 2010. China on Sunday held mounrings for the mudslide victims, all over the country and at overseas embassies and consulates. (Xinhua/Gao Haorong)

People crowded the Gansu Pavilion of Shanghai World Expo Sunday to mourn the victims of a massive landslide that left at least 1,239 dead and 505 missing in northwest China' s Gansu a week ago.

At 10 a.m., people in the pavilion, wearing small plastic white flowers on their chests, stood in silence tribute for three minutes. Then visitors took off the white flowers and put them onto a glass table under a map of Gansu, on which the location of Zhouqu was signaled out by a dot.

Visitor Du Jingli, 50, from Gansu slowly placed her flower on the table and gazed at the map for seconds. "I don't know what to say, I just feel sorrowful for them." Du had planned to visit the China Pavilion first but changed her mind when she heard of the mourning.

The pavilion was dark as most of its lights were turned off. Only a few were used to light a banner of "Deep Condolences to People Killed in Zhouqu Mudslide" in large black Chinese characters hung on the pavilion' s main exhibition room.

"Lets us keep the lost lives in memory, put aside the pains and join hands in rebuilding Zhouqu," Li Shumin, deputy head of the pavilion, said after the ritual.

The Expo Bureau has announced that no entertainment activities would be held in the Expo Park Sunday, the National Mourning Day for Zhouqu mudslide victims. The Gansu Pavilion would not hold any entertainment activity until September, its spokesman Wang Shigang told Xinhua.

Source: Xinhua


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