Development knows no bounds.
Two million tombs in Zhoukou, one of the oldest cities on the mainland, have been removed over the past few months under a new provincial government policy to make more land available for agriculture.
A spokesman from the city’s civil affairs bureau, which is in charge of the grave demolitions, said the city government had no intention of halting the campaign, even though the State Council last Friday struck out a clause from regulations that allowed for forced demolition of grave sites.
“We are still clearing graves for farmland and we will definitely continue doing that,” he said. The spokesman said the State Council announcement only meant the civil affairs bureau had no right to carry out compulsory demolitions. “The courts and the police bureau will instead take responsibility for execution,” he said.
The revised version of the funeral and interment control regulation removed a sentence in Article 20 that allowed for forced demolitions.
South China Morning Post
Thoroughly enjoyed NPR’s piece on Ben & Jerry’s “Flavor Graveyard” in Waterbury, Vermont. The piece is part of NPR’s “Dead Stop” series, which visits unusual graves in the U.S.
“The land where Trinity Cemetery rests was once part of the estate of the artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, the creator of The Birds of America and other naturalist works depicting fauna in their native environments. Audubon died in 1851, and a monumental Celtic cross carved with birds on one side and mammals on the other, including a bat, buffalo, rabbit, deer, fox and squirrel, was put over his grave in 1893 by the New York Academy of Sciences.
(T)he most elaborate grave in Trinity Cemetery and one of the most impressive memorials in New York City, with incredible detail in the lively animals that are animated in stone along its 16-foot height as tributes to Audubon’s art. On either side the animals are asked to “praise him and magnify him forever,” with “o all ye beasts and cattle” and “ye fowls of the air” called to “bless ye the Lord.””
Audobon is the greatest American bird conservationists. Great story via HyperAllergic.
Officials prepare mass graves as nearly 700 dead in Philippines floods
Disaster agencies on Monday delivered body bags, food, water, and medicine to crowded evacuation centres in the southern Philippines as officials ordered the digging of graves to prevent disease after hundreds died from flash floods.
The national disaster agency said 684 died after Typhoon Washi slammed ashore in Mindanao island while residents slept at the weekend, sending torrents of water and mud through riverside villages and sweeping houses out to sea.
The Philippine National Red Cross put the toll at 652 killed and more than 800 missing. The casualties far exceeded the 464 people killed in 2009 when a tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the main Luzon island, inundating nearly the entire capital Manila.