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A week after storm, Beijing victims remembered

BEIJING: A small group of people laid down white chrysanthemums or lit candles Saturday to pay tribute to those who died in the storm that ravaged Beijing one week ago, killing at least 77.

The group gathered under a railway bridge in central Beijing, where a motorist drowned. After about 20 minutes the police peacefully dispersed the crowd, which was outnumbered by the media watching them.

Local resident Chen Qilin said he was there to remember the dead. He says the deaths "are related to the lack of action by the government."

Days after the storm, the city government updated the death toll to 77 from 37. Residents have questioned the delay, the quality of infrastructure in the fast-growing capital, and the government's handling of the floods and rescue work.

 
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