By Horace Lu
Residents of Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu, gathered spontaneously to mourn the children who died in Wednesday’s school bus tragedy, in which a severely overloaded school bus collided with a truck, leaving more than 20 killed and dozens more injured. Another boy died yesterday evening, bringing the death toll to 21 so far, including 19 children and 2 adults.
A photo posted by Southern People Weekly on its official account of Sina Weibo, China’s most popular twitter-like service, shows that the local government has assigned officials to every victim’s family to “maintain stability”.
Beijing News has also reported that around 130 officials have been sent to “comfort” family members of the victims and to “accompany” them when they are contacting with others.
Media reports say the government plans to compensate each victim’s family 436,000 RMB (roughly 67,400 USD) but the exact figure remains to be determined.
The municipal government has also vowed to take “effective measures and methods” to improve the safety of all school buses in the city’s 175 kindergartens. “Little PhD”, the kindergarten involved in the school bus accident, has been taken over by the government.
In a national safety check on school buses initiated by the Ministry of Education, a shocking number of irregularities have been found. In Guangzhou alone, more than 1,100 violations have been reported, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
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