Aid groups have moved in to provide assistance to thousands affected by a deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake in a Tibetan populated area in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, an official from one of the organizations said.
The quake left at least two people dead and injured 54 others, according to reports.
“The human toll in this earthquake was not that severe, but the damage to private houses, school buildings and monasteries is extensive and shockingly intense,” Tulko Gyatso Rinpoche of the local Compassion Aid Foundation told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “Many buildings collapsed and some suffered cracks.”
He said the foundation sent a truckload of 100 tents, shoes and food to the affected areas.
“We will continue helping the victims,” he said.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck on Nov. 22 and lasted about eight seconds, was Lhagang town in Dartsedo (in Chinese, Kangding) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a Tibetan source said.
“The Dzogchen school located in the area suffered major damage,” the source said.
Dartsedo is the seat of Ganzi prefecture and about 330 miles (531 kilometers) from the Sichuan provincial capital Chengdu.
Lhagang town is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Dartsedo, which is part of Kham, one of the three historical regions of Tibet and is divided today between western Sichuan and the eastern part of what is now the Tibet Autonomous Region.