Tibetan Quake – Resources
On the morning of April 14, a devastating earthquake—6.9 in magnitude—hit Jyekundo (Ch: Yushu) and environs, an area in present-day Qinghai Province that is 98% Tibetan. Recent reports estimate that 1,400 are dead and more than 10,000 injured. According to eye-witness reports, most of the buildings in the town of Jyekundo collapsed including schools, and some area monasteries suffered extensive damage. The Shambhala Times has consolidated resources from news agencies, including the New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, and Alertnet with the latest reports on the earthquake.
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Eye-Witness Accounts of Quake – Shambhala Times
Khenpo Tsering of Surmang Monastery has been in regular contact with Lydon Comstock of the Konchok Foundation, providing eye-witness accounts on the ground of the earthquake aftermath and providing crucial support to Tibetans on site alongside hundreds of monks from Surmang and other area monasteries, who arrived 24 hours after the quake to help with relief efforts. View articles.
Soldiers and Buddhist monks work together to rescue victims – BBC News
Soldiers, civilian rescue workers and Buddhist monks have been using pickaxes, shovels and their bare hands to pick through the rubble for survivors. Read more. Watch inspiring video of Tibetan girl rescued from rubble after 48 hours.
Death toll higher than official reports – Phayul
Tibetans in exile claim that the Chinese government is understating the death toll in the earthquake that struck the remote Tibetan area of Yushu County (Kyegudo in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham) in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The latest official figures put the death toll at 791 but the Tibetan exiles who have talked with people in Kyegudo say thousands have been killed and the toll is likely to shoot up. Read more.
Monks Join in Earthquake Rescue – Alernet
Hundreds of Tibetan monks have joined resuce workers to search for survivors following an earthquake in western China. The search for survivors continues in the aftermath of a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake in western China. Official figures say almost 800 have been killed, while estimates by NGOs point to a figure of around 1,000. Watch video.
Tibet (not China) Earthquake – Huffington Post
The tragic 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Jyekundo yesterday has been consistently labeled the “China Quake” by the mainstream media. It is worth noting, for many reasons, that Jyekundo is firmly planted in what was formerly Tibet and the vast majority of the victims are Tibetan. Read more.
After the Quake, Distrust – New York Times
The Buddhist monks stood atop the jagged remains of a vocational school, struggling to move concrete slabs with pickax shovels and bare hands. Suddenly a cry went out: An arm, clearly lifeless, was poking through the debris. But before the monks could finish their task, a group of Chinese soldiers who had been relaxing on the school grounds sprang to action. They put on their army caps, waved the monks away, and with a video camera for their unit rolling, quickly extricated the body of a young girl. Read more.
Mass Cremation of Tibetan Dead – CBS News
Monks wearing face masks set ablaze piles of the blanket-wrapped bodies of China’s earthquake victims on a mountaintop Saturday, as necessity forced local Tibetans to break with the tradition of leaving their dead out for vultures. Hundreds of villagers sat on the hillside, watching as the flames leapt skyward, while monks chanted and prayed for the dead. Read more.
Dalai Lama Requests to Visit Quake-Zone – Tibet Sun
The Dalai Lama appealed to Beijing on Saturday to allow him to visit the province in China where he was born to comfort the victims of a deadly earthquake. “To fulfil the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement issued from Dharamshala, his home in exile in northern India. Read more.
How can I help?
The Konchok Foundation has created an emergency relief fund to channel donations directly to relief efforts in Jyekundo. Visit the Konchok Foundation website to make a contribution: www.konchok.org.