Public mourning to be held for quake victims

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The government of Sichuan Province in southwest China set Saturday as a day of mourning for the people killed in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that jolted Lushan County in Sichuan Province on April 20.

Displaced residents rest next to ruins of houses after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Longmen Township, Lushan County, Ya'an City of southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. [Xinhua]

All entertainment activities throughout the province would be halted in public places on Saturday, the provincial government requred in a notice.

The public mourning will begin with all transportation vehicles sounding their sirens at 8:02 a.m., the time the devastating earthquake hit. A silent tribute will follow and last 3 minutes, according to the notice.

The strong earthquake has claimed nearly 200 lives and destroyed about 126,000 homes, according to official figures.

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