Yushu Update

Information as of 12:24am local time 4/16

We were relieved to see some of our close friends and colleagues, who were in Yushu during the earthquake, make it back to Xining today.  They were able to give us an informative but heart-wrenching first-hand account of the earthquake disaster.  In short, the government is doing an efficient job of quickly funneling relief to the earthquake areas and we are excited to be able to work with, and under their instruction. We encourage you to listen to the audio file below.

Some of the points made in the interview:

  • Approximately 1,500 fully-loaded government vehicles streaming to the earthquake zone.
  • Close to 90% of buildings in Jiegu reported as down.
  • Government effectively moved residents to traditional “horse festival” grasslands.
  • Western side of city completely leveled.
  • Eastern more industrial side of city damaged but damage less extensive.
  • No residents living in Jiegu.

Again, we are very pleased to report that the government response has been quick and effective, and we are happy to continue to work with them during this time.

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