Flags around the country and at Chinese embassies worldwide will fly at half-staff on Monday when former president Yang Shangkun is cremated, Xinhua said yesterday. Sources said Yang would be cremated and interred at the Babaoshan cemetery for revolutionary martyrs in the western suburbs of Beijing. All of the leadership is expected to attend. Yang, one of the nine 'immortal' veteran revolutionaries, died in Beijing on Monday of an undisclosed illness. He was 92. The news agency said Yang donated 20,000 yuan (HK$18,600) of his savings to buy medicine for flood victims a month before he died. Yang asked his children to pass on money from a bank account he held with his wife. He had gone into hospital on June 7 as his illness worsened, said Xinhua. Yang was said to have been concerned about hardship the summer floods were inflicting on mainlanders. In a meeting with Jiang Zemin on August 19, Yang smiled in relief after the President assured him the party Central Committee and the State Council had taken effective measures to deal with floods. When Yang learned from TV reports how some flood-control workers fell on to dykes after days and nights of hard work, he said: 'We should learn from them.'