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Tibet Foundation Earthquake Appeal May 2008 Update

May 19, 2008

Tibet Foundation, London (UK)
May 15, 2008

Tibet Foundation is urgently seeking to raise £20,000 for immediate
disaster relief in Tibetan areas. Tibet Foundation is a registered UK
charity founded and managed by Tibetans to work both in exile and
inside ethnic Tibetan areas in China.

Based on communications today with Tibetans and contacts in local
organizations on the ground:
* The main Tibetan area affected has been the Aba Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture in Sichuan province, the death toll is though to be very
much higher than the official count.

* We provide a map of the Earthquake and Tibetan areas.
* Through our Tibet Foundation representative we have a doctor going
into Aba today (Thursday) to report back on where the need is greatest.

* Dalai Lama has praised China's authorities for their swift response
and offered his condolences to the victims of the quake

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The main area affected has been the Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
in Sichuan province.
* Aftershocks continue there and as far away as Dhartsedo. This
continues to cause anxiety.
* News is still limited by lack of mobile phone connections and the
landline and internet connections are down.

* It is hoped that by Thursday evening the roads will be reopened to
Aba, heavy-lifting gear has been unable to get through blocked roads
to the disaster areas.

* The current death tolls are believed to be higher than the official
161 for Aba, in addition to this there are 6 confirmed deaths in Dhartsedo

* In Tanba (also spelt Danba) there has been damage to historic buildings.
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