Most parents of the 95 primary school children who died in last week's flash flood in Heilongjiang province accepted a 150,000-yuan compensation deal yesterday, as authorities moved to stamp out protests about the deaths. Villagers allege that township officials and police ignored their telephone calls for help before the floods struck and were slow to mount a rescue operation. Although they were initially divided over the offer, the parents of 86 children - including some who earlier dismissed the amount on offer - put their names to the compensation agreement, though not without reluctance. As part of the agreement, the parents waived the right to seek further redress from the authorities. Officials yesterday continued to insist that only 95 pupils and four villagers died when a flash flood hit the Shalan Township Central Elementary School in Ningan on Friday. Ten children are still listed as missing. Some villagers allege that up to 200 died. Wang Yongjun , whose 10-year-old son was killed, said it no longer mattered how much compensation he received. Having signed the agreement, Mr Wang could see his son cremated today. 'The amount of money does not mean anything to me. My child has been dead for six days already ... I cannot see how we could drag on further with his body still in a freezer in the funeral house,' he said. Dong Yanping said she was not happy with the amount of compensation, but had no other option. 'You cannot recover all these years we have spent raising our child with 150,000 yuan, but I have no strength to pursue the matter.' Most of the villagers signed the compensation agreement late yesterday morning as hopes for further negotiations faded. Rumours were rife yesterday that officials had reached deals with several villagers to break the resolve of opponents of the compensation package. Earlier yesterday, villagers had showed no sign of backing down. 'Why has the government sent so many troops and police to deal with us?' asked Gao Wenjun, who lost his 11-year-old niece in the flash floods. But he signed the agreement later on, saying that 'one ought to go with the flow'. At least 15 trucks of PLA soldiers, hundreds of government officials, police and plain-clothes officers sealed off the funeral home where most of the children's bodies are being kept, blocking access for the children's grieving parents. The main road to the funeral home from Ningan and Shalan was also closed. Wang Tongtang , secretary-general of the Mudanjiang Communist Party Committee, said officials were confident of persuading the remaining parents to sign the agreement this morning. Reporters have been banned from the scene. '[The event] is not suitable for media coverage. This decision was reached late last night by top leaders of Mudanjiang city [which oversees Ningan],' said Tang Jiawei, director of Mudanjiang's publicity department. 'If you want to continue your coverage of the aftermath, you should go to Shalan where we have arranged media activities.'