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China Releases Student Death Toll in 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

5,335 students were killed or remain missing as a result of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Sichuan Province on May 12th last year, according to government officials. Another 546 students were left disabled.

Parents of the deceased have been demanding answers and accountability from the government for what they claim to be poorly constructed school buildings, but have been met with harassment and imprisonment.

As many as 7,000 schools collapsed during the earthquake, according to state media, with another 14,000 damaged.

Official estimates put the total number of deaths as a result of the earthquake at around 70,000 with another 18,000 missing.

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