Around 6:00 a.m. our convoy of two teams pulled into Yushu. Immediately jumping into action, they assessed the current needs and transformed their vehicles into makeshift ambulances used to transport the injured into areas where they could receive aid.
Over the course of the day, these two teams were able to treat more than 200 people and transfer the more seriously injured to medical checkpoints. Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. we will send another two teams of medical personnel from Xining into the earthquake zone, along with much needed local Kham Tibetan translators.
In general, we were able to observe the following while on the field:
- Aside from generators, no electricity is available.
- The military has been able to set up a “mobile hospital” with standard hospital equipment.
- The military and Heath Department are still eager to have our teams help their Peoples relief efforts.
- There is a serious need for food and clean water.
- Front end loaders are still clearing the streets of debris.
- Survivors are still being rescued from the rubble.