Hu leads service for quake victims

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am

China President Hu Jintao presided over a memorial service on Tuesday, the first anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake which claimed more than 80,000 lives. The 30-minute service was held in Yingxiu town, the quake's epicentre.

At 2.28pm, the exact moment when disaster struck the province, a solemn-looking president led a minute's silence and then laid a white chrysanthemum - the traditional mourning symbol - at a commemorative site, followed by state leaders, foreign ambassadors and representatives of students and rescue workers.