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With a Backdrop of Aftershocks, Rice Planting Begins

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With a Backdrop of Aftershocks, Rice Planting Begins

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With a Backdrop of Aftershocks, Rice Planting Begins

With a Backdrop of Aftershocks, Rice Planting Begins

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Chen Shengmin lost his grandson in the May 12 earthquake, but says life — and the rice planting — must go on. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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Chen Shengmin lost his grandson in the May 12 earthquake, but says life — and the rice planting — must go on.

Andrea Hsu, NPR

Tens of thousands of homes were leveled in southwest China Sunday by a major aftershock measuring 5.8 in magnitude. The overall death toll from the May 12 earthquake now stands at more than 60,000 people.

Residents in farming villages such as Yongan are trying to regain a sense of normalcy. But the backdrop for their rice planting is one of utter destruction: Brick and cement homes ripped apart by the earthquake.