China denies report of 200 children buried under school
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:56
  
Beijing: China on Thursday rejected reports that about 200 children were buried under the debris of a primary school that collapsed in the earthquake in western part of the country.

Education Ministry spokesperson Xu Mei said the exact number of children buried at the Third Primary School in Yushu county, Qinghai Province, was unknown, but the number was believed to be low.

Education officials were attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of all the children who attended the school, Xu was quoted as saying by the official 'Xinhua' newsagency.

Education officials would do everything possible to ensure casualties were kept to a minimum, said Xu.

Earlier today, Chinese media has reported teachers at the school believed that about 200 children could be buried in the rubble.

Heavy casualties were feared in schools as the earthquake struck around 7.40 local time, just around the time the students converge to attend the classes.

A statement issued by the ministry said education authorities were ordered to work to resume classes and reconstruct damaged school buildings as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, seven students were pulled alive from a collapsed vocational school.

"We pulled out seven pupils alive from the debris of the Khampa Central Primary School today. They are all of Tibetan ethnic group," said Chen Guangbiao, a company's board chairman from eastern Jiangsu Province.

A trembler measuring 7.1-magnitude on Richter scale hit the province in the Qinghai Tibetan plateau yesterday almost flattening Jiegu township and leaving over 600 dead and more than 10,000 injured.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:56


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