China’s official earthquake death toll has today topped 51,000, with almost 300,000 injured, and another 29,000 missing, CNN reports. Meanwhile, donations from home and abroad tallied $3 billion, while Beijing pledged another $10 billion to reconstruction efforts, including $3.6 billion for rescue and relief work.
“Since 1998, this is the first time the Chinese government has opened up an issue like this to the international community,” said a UN official. The government called for more than 3.3 million additional tents, saying it “welcomed” foreign aid, the AP reports. Relief efforts continued with three unlikely rescues, including a 102-year-old woman who was pulled from rubble.