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Charity Show Raises 2.175 Bln Yuan

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The Chinese people continued to donate for the quake-hit zone in northwestern province of Qinghai Tuesday, while getting ready for a nationwide mourning for those killed in the April 14 earthquake on Wednesday.

A TV charity show on Tuesday evening raised 2.175 billion yuan (about US$319 million) in donations for the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, where the 7.1-magnitude quake has left at least 2,064 people dead, 175 missing, and 12,135 injured by Tuesday.

In the small hours of Wednesday, most websites and news portals in China have already turned black and white as part of the national mourning, which will be formally kicked off on Wednesday morning.

(Xinhua News Agency April 21, 2010)

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