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Martes, 20 de mayo de 2008 - 11:44 GMT
China de duelo
(Foto: AP/ Greg Baker)
China guardó tres minutos de silencio por las víctimas del sismo.

Chinese mourn quake dead

China begins three days of mourning for earthquake victims in Sichuan province, with a three-minute silence and half-mast flags.

Our correspondent Quentin Sommerville has sent this report from the town of Beichuan in south-western China:

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For three minutes a collective wail was heard across the town of Beichuan as air raid sirens and car horns sounded the exact time when the earthquake hit China one week ago. Workers here laid wreathes outside the town's school. At 2.28 in the afternoon, last Monday, it was engulfed in a landslide, hundreds of children died.

To the side of the mourners, bodies lay waiting to be buried. Rescue work has now resumed and two women were found alive here this morning, but these glimmers of hope are increasingly rare.

Elsewhere in the province, two hundred rescue workers have been lost in a landslide; the aftershocks continue.

Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Beichuan

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a collective wail
lamento colectivo

air raid sirens
sirenas de alarma (literalmente, de "alarma aérea")

wreathes
coronas (de flores)

engulfed
literalmente significa 'tragado', pero en este caso quieren decir sepultado

a landslide
deslizamiento de tierras

resumed
reanudaron (los esfuerzos de rescate)

glimmers of hope
los rayos de esperanza

are increasingly rare
son cada vez más escasos

Elsewhere in
En otra parte (de la provincia)

aftershocks
réplicas (de terremotos)



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