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World Journal: Yushu quake brings Han, Tibetan people together
15:30, April 22, 2010  

Though the earthquake in Qinghai province was smaller in terms of scale and damage than the one that hit Wenchuan in 2008, the disaster relief in Yushu has become increasingly important and difficult, and has attracted much attention both at home and abroad. The disaster relief efforts among the Chinese living in North America have just begun.

Why did the Yushu earthquake receive so much attention? The answer is very simple—the small Yushu Prefecture is characterized by four "highs." First, Yushu is located at the center of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters, making it is very cold and remote. The disaster relief work there serves as a typical quake relief case study for other countries worldwide.

Second, more than 90 percent of the population in Yushu is Tibetan and as a result, this is very sensitive in terms of nationality and politics. That is why the Dalai Lama has asked for permission to pray for the public in the quake-affected areas.

Third, the death toll is very high. By now, more than 1,000 people have died, and the number of missing is on the increase. (The death toll has climbed to 2,183 with 84 people still missing, the rescue headquarters said on April 21.)

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