GLOBAL NEWS : Chinese official corrects figure on quake deaths
() - November 21, 2008 - 3:57pm

BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese official says 19,065 of the people who died in May's massive earthquake in Sichuan province have been identified.

Li Jiang from the Sichuan provincial propaganda office said Friday that an official translation at a news conference incorrectly stated that 19,065 schoolchildren had died in the disaster. The government still has not given a separate figure for the number of students killed.

The earthquake left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. Thousands of shoddily built schools collapsed, killing an unknown number of students.

A CHINESE BEIJING DIED EARTHQUAKE LI JIANG NUMBER OFFICIAL PEOPLE SICHUAN STUDENTS
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