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Snow the latest challenge in China quake recovery

April 23, 2010

(AP)  April 22, 2010

BEIJING — Homeless earthquake survivors huddled in thin tents against
strong winds Thursday while traffic slowed on ice- and snow-slicked
roads, the latest challenges to recovery in mountainous far western China.

Snow started falling early Thursday in Yushu county, the center of the
disaster, and more was expected through Saturday, the state-run Xinhua
News Agency reported.

More than three centimeters (1.18 inches) had fallen as of 8 a.m.
(0000GMT), Tsering Tashi, deputy head of Yushu's meteorological bureau,
told Xinhua.

Thousands of people were left homeless by the April 14 quake in the
remote Tibetan corner of western China. The death toll stood at 2,183
with 84 people still missing Thursday.

A 42-year-old electrician working to restore the local power supply died
Thursday from the effects of altitude sickness, Xinhua reported. Yushu
is about 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level.

About 80 percent of the army aid workers from outside the region have
had altitude sickness, Qin Rongbin, a medical expert with the relief
headquarters, told Xinhua.

In Beijing, a spokesman for the Ministry of Civil Affairs said earlier
problems in getting aid to the region, a 12-hour drive from the Qinghai
provincial capital, had been resolved.

The ministry spokesman, Peng Chenmin, also said he didn't know about an
order issued in recent days for thousands of Tibetan monks to leave
Yushu after rushing there and being the first to help rescue survivors
and bury victims.

"After the disaster happened, the central government brought in a large
number of rescuers while lots of monks also participated, which can be
seen in many media reports," Peng said.

"It's a good thing which represents the spirit of ethnic unity that
Tibetan and Han are from the same family and together we overcome

China's government is dominated by the majority Han Chinese.

Yushu is more than 90 percent Tibetan, but amid hours of coverage for
the national day of mourning on Wednesday, no monks were visible in the
official proceedings.

State-run broadcasters spotlighted instead the efforts of the military
and the People's Armed Police as they delivered tents, water and food,
and lifted injured people from crumbled buildings.
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