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Chinese Consulate General in Durban opens for condolences during national mourning period

2008-05-18

Announcement of

The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Durban

May 18, 2008

On May 12, 2008, an 8-magnitude earthquake jolted Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province of China. Until May 18, the death toll had exceeded 30,000, and more than 220,000 people were wounded. A number of people are still buried.

After the earthquake, the Chinese government immediately mobilized the whole society to rescue lives of people in the quake-hit areas. Many countries and international organizations have rapidly send condolences to people in the quake-hit areas and offered humanitarian support to the disaster relief work. The Chinese government and people appreciate their kindness and help wholehearted.

The State Council of China has announced a three-day national mourning from May 19 to 21, 2008 as a nationwide display of respect for the dead. Flags are to be kept at half-mast during the mourning period. Condolence books are opened in the Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.

Following the order of the State Council, during May 19 to 21, 2008, the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Durban will keep the flag at half-mast and a Book of Condolence will be opened at the Consulate-General (45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North) for people to express their condolences. Tel:031-5634534/Fax:031-5634827 E-mail: chinaconsul_db_za@mfa.gov.cn

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