Helping people with disabilities

Three Years Later: Serving people with disabilities is not optional; it is part of the package of rebuilding Yushu in 2013. Plateau Perspectives continues to work with the Disabilities Association to help develop and improve rehabilitation service provision. Over the next year, 80 staff workers will be assisted through a training program concerned with disabilities and rehabilitation.

The Yushu Prefecture government has requested aid from Plateau Perspectives in the form of medical personnel and medical supplies. We have established a base of operations for medical outreach, three medical teams are on site, and we are now seeing hundreds of patients each day in the devastated town. Additional supplies are en route. There is a solid network of medical personnel in China prepared to depart for Yushu, most medical supplies currently required are available domestically, and gifts of cash are the easiest and quickest way that you can help out.

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All donations are tax deductible in the USA and Canada; and in the UK, Plateau Perspectives will receive an additional 28% support from the government.   US-Based donations go through Alpha Communities International, a partner of Plateau Perspectives which helps provide online donation support. For more information on Alpha Communities, please visit their website.

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(BBC)China rescue effort builds after Qinghai earthquake

BBC Reports of Yushu Quakes

Soldiers, civilians and Tibetan monks combed through rubble in Qinghai province, two days after a powerful earthquake hit the remote region.

Heavy equipment and aid are now arriving in Yushu county, where 791 people are known to have died, with another 294 missing.

Local people say they believe the number of dead is much higher.

Visiting the area, Premier Wen Jiabao promised “all-out efforts” would be made to rebuild the devastated region.

With an estimated 15,000 houses destroyed in Yushu, thousands of homeless people and casualties have been waiting for help.

The BBC’s Damian Grammaticas, who has reached the worst-hit town of Jiegu, said the first thing he saw was a line of toppled pagodas, shops and other buildings.

He said many townspeople were fearful of going back even where their homes had survived. Others were leaving town, with whatever they could carry.

Heavy-lifting equipment has been brought in by road from hundreds of kilometres away and food, tents and medical supplies are arriving too.

One doctor said he had lost track of how many people they had treated.

“They just keep coming one after the other,” said Myima Jiaba, working at a makeshift hospital in Jiegu.

“Right now, what we need is a lot of medicine. We need antiseptics and antibiotics. And overall, we need more tents and food, and sanitation.”


*please note that Plateau Perspectives and Yushu Earthquakre Relief are not affilliated with the BBC News

Quake in remote west China kills 589, buries more

AP China Reports of Yushu Quakes

By ANITA CHANG (AP) – 1 hour ago

XINING, China — Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors Thursday, more than a day after strong earthquakes shook a mountainous Tibetan region of China, killing nearly 600 people and injuring thousands.

The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, many bleeding from their wounds, flooding into the streets of Jiegu township. State television showed block after devastated block of toppled mud and wood homes. Local officials said 85 percent of the buildings had been destroyed.

Residents and troops garrisoned in the town used shovels and their hands to pull survivors and bodies from the rubble much of the day Wednesday. Several schools collapsed, with the state news agency saying at least 56 students died. Worst hit was the Yushu Vocational School, where the officials Xinhua News Agency cited a local education official as saying 22 students, 20 of them girls, died.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers working at night, picking through the rubble aided by torchlights fixed to their safety helmets. A group of workers found a girl trapped for more than 12 hours under a heap of debris.

“I can’t feel my arm,” said the girl, who was curled up with her back to the workers. The workers talked to her and fed her water as others searched for pieces of wood to prop up the rubble that had entrapped her. As rescuers gingerly pulled her out and carried her to a stretcher, she could be heard saying: “I’m sorry for the trouble. Thank you, I will never forget this.”


*please note that Plateau Perspectives and Yushu Earthquakre Relief are not affilliated with the AP

Earthquakes In China Kill 400, Injure Thousands

NPR Reports of Yushu Quakes

A strong earthquake and a series of aftershocks in the mountains of China’s southwestern Tibetan Plateau killed at least 400 people and injured some 10,000 others Wednesday. Authorities said they feared that the death toll would rise because many people were trapped in collapsed houses and buildings.

The largest earthquake, recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 6.9, struck at 7:49 a.m. local time and was centered about 28 miles northwest of Yushu county in China’s sparsely populated Qinghai province. Panicked people, many bleeding from their wounds, flooded the streets as houses made of mud and wood crumbled.


*please note that Plateau Perspectives and Yushu Earthquakre Relief are not affilliated with NPR

Hundreds feared dead in Chinese earthquake

CNN Reports on Yushu Quake

By the CNN Wire Staff
April 14, 2010 10:28 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — Nearly 400 people are feared dead after a rapid series of strong earthquakes hit a mountainous and impoverished area of China’s Qinghai province early Wednesday, state-run media said.

At least 10,000 others were injured, the Xinhua news agency reported, and many victims, including school children, were buried under debris. Rescuers were struggling to clear debris with their hands and save those trapped below.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck at 7:49 a.m. local time (7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday), when many citizens were still at home and schools were beginning the day. The USGS also recorded several strong aftershocks — one of magnitude 5.8 — all within hours of the initial quake.

The epicenter was located in remote and rugged terrain, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet. Qinghai borders the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xingjiang and the provinces of Gansu and Sichuan.

Karsum Nyima, deputy director of news at local Yushu TV, told Xinhua that most of the houses in the area were made of wood with earthen walls. He said some had come tumbling down, including a Buddhist pagoda in a park.


*please note that Plateau Perspectives and Yushu Earthquakre Relief are not affilliated with CNN

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