China publishes identities of 19,000 dead in May quake Friday, November 21, 2008

China has published a list containing identities and other basic information of 19,065 people killed during the May earthquake in southwestern Sichuan Province, a local official said Friday.

The list includes the name, birth place, where he or she was killed and other personal information of the dead, Wei Hong, executive vice provincial governor of Sichuan told a press conference.

It is the first time for the government to announced such detailed information about the dead and more lists will be published, he said.

Wei did not provide a specific figure about the students toll.

"Because the total number of the people killed in the quake is still being checked, so there is still no final figure about the students toll," he said.

The 8.0-magnitude quake centered in Sichuan Wenchuan County left more than 69,000 people dead, 374,000 injured, 18,000 missing and millions homeless.

More than 31,000 aftershocks have been reported since, with the strongest measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale.

In terms of the intensity and scope of destruction, the May 12 quake is believed to have surpassed the 7.8-magnitude quake in 1976 in Tangshan, northern Hebei Province, which claimed more than 240,000 lives.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
Source: Xinhua