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ICT funding for earthquake relief for monasteries

PROGRESS REPORT MARCH 2016 Tashi Chemi Gatsal Nunnery The ICT funding has been used for renovation of common kitchen and rebuilding boundary wall.   Chuwar Gadhan Dophenling The reconstruction of Chuwar Gadhen Dopheling Monastery in Dholakha area is on hold as the reconstruction of main road to Monastery will take time till April 2016. […]

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The impact of the Nepal earthquake in Tibet

May 1, 2015

As the world’s focus is turned to Nepal after the devastating earthquake, little is known about the situation in Tibetan areas close to the border, other than reports from the Chinese state media, due to tight information controls, restrictions on foreign visitors and lack of access to media.

Official Chinese reports refer to the deaths of 25 people in the Tibet Autonomous Region, with four missing; 2,511 buildings destroyed, 82 monasteries damaged (13 seriously), and 20,000 relief workers and 4,100 military personnel deployed (April 30).

The death toll may be lower than would be expected given the number of buildings destroyed because during this time of year many people in the area would be out in the fields carrying out agricultural work. But the figures still appear to be low, given the damage admitted in the state media. There are tight restrictions on information flow in the Tibet Autonomous Region due to the ongoing political crackdown, with severe penalties for passing on news that differs from official representations, and no independent non-governmental organizations allowed to operate there.

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A photo of the Dalai Lama placed on top of ruins in Yushu.

Reconstruction of earthquake-hit area excludes Tibetan participation, ignores local concerns: one year on from earthquake

After the one year anniversary of an earthquake that devastated Kyegu (Yushu), Tibetans continue to face uncertainty as opaque government reconstruction plans move forward without local consultation, raising concerns over the distribution of land and the future of what is a centuries-old Tibetan center of Tibetan culture and religion where Tibetans comprised 97% of the […]

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Bold protests in earthquake-hit area over government reconstruction plans

Hundreds of Tibetans in Kyegu town held bold peaceful demonstrations over three days starting late last week to protest against Chinese government policies of reconstruction and allocation of land in the Kyegu area after last year’s major earthquake leveled the area, killing over 2,600 people. According to Tibetans in exile in contact with locals in […]

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Chinese authorities rename and rebuild quake-struck Tibetan area; Tibetans excluded from planning

The authorities have announced that following the devastating earthquake in April, 2010, they are rebuilding the Tibetan town of Kyegu in the rural county of Yushu into a new tourist city with a Chinese name. The news intensifies concern about the exclusion of Tibetans from the reconstruction process in an area with a strong Tibetan […]

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The Kyegu earthquake: six months on

On April 14, 2010, a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake flattened the town of Kyegu in a sparsely populated, Tibetan rural area in present-day Yushu (also referred to as Jyekundo or Kyegudo), Qinghai province. The earthquake left 2,698 dead[1] and 100,000 homeless[2] according to the official count. This ICT report addresses the impact of the earthquake […]

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Envoy urges Chinese response to Dalai Lama’s wish to visit earthquake victims; rebuts Chinese charges of exploitation

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has urged the Chinese central government to respond positively to the Dalai Lama’s request to visit the earthquake-hit Tibetan area of Kyegundu (Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture), and he has strongly criticized Chinese allegations of exploitation by the Tibetan government in exile in relation to […]

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Petition to Hu and Wen calls for Dalai Lama to visit Tibetan quake area: hundreds of monks join relief efforts

A petition addressed to China’s President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao was received today by the Chinese-language website boxun.com, appealing for the Dalai Lama to be allowed to visit Tibet “to offer salvation for our dead and prayers for the victims”. The Tibetan Prime Minister in exile, the Kalon Tripa, said today that the […]

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Hundreds killed in earthquake in Kyigundo, eastern Tibet: emergency appeals launched

Hundreds have been killed in the Tibetan area of Yushu, Kham (Tibetan: Kyigundo, also known as Jyekundo) in present-day Qinghai, when a series of strong earthquakes measured at magnitude 6.9 hit the region this morning. Reports in the state media say that at least 400 people have been killed and thousands of others injured, and […]

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Ten dead and more injured in central Tibet earthquake

A major earthquake measuring 6.6. on the Richter scale struck Damshung (Chinese: Dangxiong) county in central Tibet on Tuesday (October 7), killing at least 10 people and injuring many more inside collapsed buildings. Lhasa was later affected by after-shocks, and many people left their houses to gather in a large crowd outside the Jokhang temple. […]

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Tibetans in monasteries under crackdown hold prayer ceremonies for earthquake victims: message of reconciliation from monastery

As the death toll of the earthquake in Sichuan exceeds 40,000, Tibetan monks in monasteries across the plateau have held prayer ceremonies for those who died and have donated money to relief efforts. Many of their monasteries are still under lockdown in the crackdown that has followed protests across Tibet since March 10 against Chinese […]

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Thousands killed as earthquake hits Tibetan areas

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Sichuan province yesterday (May 12), killing an estimated 12,000 people according to official sources, with the number expected to rise. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in Lungu County (Ch: Wenchuan), Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Ch: Aba) in Sichuan Province (the Tibetan area of Amdo). The quake struck approximately […]

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