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Press Release 2008/05/15 - Quake deaths estimated over 50,000; 19,509 confirmed; Government making utmost efforts to save and help its people
[Released in New York at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May 2008]


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For Immediate Release

Press Section
May 15, 2008


Quake deaths estimated over 50,000;  19,509 confirmed
Government making utmost efforts to save and help its people
Premier personally directing rescue and relief in quake zone

  1. Death toll in Sichuan Province alone rose to 19,509 by 4:00 p.m. Thu. May 15.  Over 64,000 victims had been hospitalized in Sichuan, 20% of whom were severely injured. About 60,000 remain missing or buried. The death toll could soar to 50,000. The government issued a public appeal Thursday for rescue equipment. Premier Wen continues tour of inspection in worse-hit areas.
  2. More than 130,000 army soldiers and armed police have been mobilized for and involved in rescue and relief endeavor. Over 10,000 medical workers from across China have rushed to quake zone. Rescuers had managed to reach all of the 58 hardest-hit towns and villages by 7:00 p.m. Thu. May 15.