Survivors look ahead one month after quake

17:21, May 14, 2010      

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Zhu Shaobin

Hundreds of blue tents, sprawling across a course where horses used to race, are serving as temporary homes for residents in Gyegu town, exactly one month after a deadly quake shook the Tibetan community in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

The former racecourse, overlooked by the snow-capped plateau, is now the biggest settlement in town.

Several white trucks parked in the tent community transport daily goods from the provincial capital Xining, about 800 kilometers from Gyegu.

"Five retail companies have set up outlets here," said Li Jinxi, a salesman of Qinghai Department Store.

Li said the outlets were opened four days after the 7.1-magnitude quake hit Yushu, a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on April 14, to meet the essential needs of the quake survivors.

Despite the high transportation cost, not a single vendor had raised their prices, he said.

In another corner of the community, a group of Tibetan children were playing on a simple slide and a trampoline. Their laughter seemed to tell everyone they had, at least for the moment, forgotten the nightmarish quake.


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