Students killed in China quake

XINING - At least 66 students died in China's quake, state media said yesterday, evoking grim parallels with the massive 2008 disaster that saw thousands killed when schools came crashing down.

XINING - At least 66 students died in China's quake, state media said yesterday, evoking grim parallels with the massive 2008 disaster that saw thousands killed when schools came crashing down.

State television broadcast images of rescuers sifting through huge mounds of rubble to try to reach children buried after Wednesday quake in the remote Yushu area.

The issue is very sensitive in China after thousands of children died in May 2008 in the huge Sichuan quake when their shoddily constructed schools collapsed on them, triggering allegations of corruption.

Wang Yubo, education chief of the northwestern province of Qinghai where the 6,9-magnitude quake struck on Wednesday, said at least 11 schools were destroyed, according to the official Xinhua news agency. - Sapa-AFP

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