China Mountainside Holds Untold Number of Quake Dead

The Los Angeles Times describes a mass grave in Hanwang, where untold numbers of earthquake victims lie buried:

Anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 bodies are believed to lie within, buried under layers of lime and concrete in what might be one of the largest mass graves in China.

In the hot, humid days that followed the May 12 earthquake, rescue workers digging out thousands of bodies had little time for the rituals that normally accompany death. With morgues overloaded, roads closed and electricity out, there was no way to transport or refrigerate bodies. They had to be buried quickly.

The Chinese military took the corpses in trucks by the thousands, burying them on the side of this peak known as Hero Mountain, after a military cemetery nearby.

People who live nearby said the burials took place at night, so few know exactly how many are interred there.


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