15000 THOUSAND DEAD AND RISING
41000 STILL MISSING
Rescue teams who punched into the quake's stricken epicentre reported whole towns all but wiped off the map, spurring frantic efforts to bring emergency relief to the survivors.
Worst hit were schools in many districts, and as parents are coming to terms with reality are now screaming at the government and pointing fingers at the poor construction of schools.
As more children were pulled on Wednesday from the rubble of their schools, questions emerged over whether corruption and shoddy construction were to blame for taking such a heavy toll of young lives.
In one of the worst cases, hundreds of students were feared buried in the debris of the
At a newly built primary school that collapsed in Dujiangyan, just a flew kilometres from the Juyuan Middle School, 100 students and teachers were pulled out of the rubble but more than 100 remained buried on Wednesday.
At the main building of
Grief gave way to finger-pointing as it was noted that other buildings nearby had withstood the quake.
"I'll tell you why the school collapsed," said an elderly man standing outside
The man gave voice to the widespread suspicion throughout
"We cannot afford not to raise uneasy questions about the structural quality of school buildings," the China Daily newspaper said in an editorial.
It said authorities should act with "firm resolve" if investigations indicate that the school collapses were due to "poor-quality construction or the builders' shoddy compliance with building rules."…CNA