On 14 April, an earthquake, measuring 7.1, struck Kyegundo, which is on the border of the two Tibetan regions, Kham and Amdo, in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The population of this region is 97% Tibetan. It is also one of the poorest and remotest regions in the country.
Current accounts say that the area has been devastated. More than 2,000 people have died so far, and 100's are still missing. 12,000 people are reported injured, many seriously, and 100,000 have been made homeless after their earth and timber houses collapsed. Many of these had been the homes for compulsorily resettled Tibetan nomads.
At an elevation of 4,000m, the people of Yushu now face freezing temperatures in makeshift tents or under blankets in the open. There is also shortage of food, water and basic supplies, and the altitude and the remoteness also make relief and rescue efforts more difficult.
Sogyal Rinpoche is greatly saddened by the devastation and loss of life caused by the earthquake. Together, with Rigpa students around the world, he continues to pray for those have lost their lives or are injured, and their loved ones.
If you would like to contribute to the relief effort, these charitable organisations would welcome your donation. Both have a well-established presence in the region so they can provide assistance quickly, which is critical. Please be sure to note that your donation is for the relief effort in Yushu.