China observes national day of mourning for landslide victims
Flags were at half mast on Sunday, and many entertainment venues were asked to suspend business as China held a national day of mourning for the victims of a landslide, dpa reported.
The commemoration came one week after a massive landslide hit Zhouqu County in the north-western province of Gansu, killing at least 1,239 people and leaving over 500 missing.
Three minutes of silence were observed at 10 am, including by rescue workers in the affected area, the state-run Xinhua agency reported.
The State Council ordered the national mourning in adherence with Chinese tradition that marks the seventh day after a death.
Xinhua said rescue and relief operations were continuing amid rainfall in Zhouqu County.
Excavators were working to remove mud from roads, and the local government had opened temporary markets to supply residents with goods, the semi-official China News Service reported.
County roads were slowly being reopened and refugee shelters had been set up, the report said.