Current Events final for June 2008
Created by cerridwen66 on Jun 5, 2008
Last updated: 11/11/09 at 12:10 PM
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A large lake formed after the Sichuan quake, in the Jiangyou area. The lake is currently flooding, and Chinese troops are now trying to subside water to contain the flooding. Troops have destroyed a variety of debris in an effort to contain the flooding. The Tangjiashan Lake formed shortly after the quake hit last month and has continued to expand despite efforts to halt its growh.
Survivors of the Sichuan earthquake continue to sift through the rubble of their homes in the town of YIngxiu for salvagable items. Survivors try and find salvagable items that could be useful to start over with or items of sentimental value they had lost. Chinese troops will soon start buldozing the rubble and sweeping clean the earthquake zones, leaving families no time but the present to scour the remains of their homes, Troops do not care who takes what, as most of the people in the town are now dead.
A flood has added insult to injury in the northern part of China's Sichuan Province. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area. Because most of their homes had already been demolished, the residents were evacuating tents and leaving by bus. The government placed refugees in tents across from the area that was sated to be flooded, but the flood has reached that area now too.
The earthquake that struck the Sichuan province almost a month ago is not expected to impact China's economy by much. Only 1% of China's overall population live in the hardest-hit areas. Inflation was already a serious problem in China, and government spending on areas affected by the quake was considerable. But most Chinese economists are certain that the quake will not have a large impact on the nation in the long run.
80-year-old Xiao Zhihu is rescued from the rubble of his house in the city of Mianzhu. He was paralyzed prior to the quake and survived because he was being fed by his wife. He is in stable condition in a hospital.
A 3-day mourning period begins for all the victims of the Sichuan quake. All Chinese flags are ordered at half-mast and all public entertainment is suspended, including the Olympic torch relay. At 2:28 PM people bowed heads for three minutes of silence.
As mourning begins throughout China, the death toll is announced at 32,500 and rising. At least 220,000 are injured.
The 2nd Annual Taiwan Tourism Exposition, organized by the Taipei Organization of Travel Agents, begins. The Chinese government hopes that this will promote tourism that will give the nation more money after the Sichuan Earthquake. The earthquake reportedly did not affect tourism by much, but the Sichuan Province is listed as a "No Visiting Place" and "Travel Warning". Because of these warnings, the Tourism Bureau has issued phamplets warning possible tourists of dangerous areas affected by the quake.
The death toll for the Sichuan quake reaches 15,000. The death toll is still climbing, as entire cities were razed to the ground. Dangerous cracks were found in a dam near the city which was also damaged.
The 7.9 magnitude quake kills 10,000 at least. Untold numbers are still trapped under buildings, and 80% of buildings were flattened in the Sichuan province. Troops pour in to aid the citizens. The death toll is expected to rise.