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Nuclear facilities reported safe after China quake

RIA Novosti

20/05/2008 14:25 MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) - Nuclear facilities and radioactive sources in China's Sichuan Province have been declared safe following last week's earthquake, news agency Xinhua quoted the environment minister as saying on Tuesday.

Zhou Shengxian said 32 radioactive sources in the southwest Chinese province had been buried under debris in the quake, of which 30 have been recovered by authorities.

Authorities have located the other two radioactive sources, and they will soon be excavated and transported to safety, the minister said.

The quake has left more than 34,000 people dead, and it is feared the toll may exceed 50,000. Over 220,000 people have been injured and several thousand are believed to be trapped beneath the debris.

On Monday, China declared three days of national mourning. All national flags in China and its embassies abroad are flying at half mast, public entertainment is cancelled, and the Olympic torch relay has been suspended.

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