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China says 19,000 students died in May earthquake

Nov 24, 2008 02:23 PM EST
BEIJING (AP) — China has acknowledged for the first time that more than 19,000 students died in the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan province in May.
Wei Hong, the executive vice governor of Sichuan, announced the student death toll of 19,065 at a news conference Friday. www.china.com.cn

BEIJING (AP) — China has acknowledged for the first time that more than 19,000 students died in the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan province in May.

The earthquake left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing, but the government had never said how many of the casualties were students. Their deaths caused protests and anger among parents, because of reports that many of the schools that collapsed had been built with substandard materials.

Wei Hong, the executive vice governor of Sichuan, announced the student death toll of 19,065 at a news conference Friday.