Radio Free Asia has been contacted by listeners in China’s Yushu Tibetan region of Qinghai on April 14 with first hand accounts of what has been happening in the aftermath.
“At least 10,000 people died in the earthquake. We cremated the bodies in groups of 1,400 and 1,500. Because there were so many bodies, the vultures could not consume them [in the the traditional “sky burial” practice], so there was no choice but to throw many of the bodies into the river… About 10 to 15 trucks were filled with bodies to be thrown into the Drichu river. We said prayers, and then they were put into the water… Bodies that were claimed by relatives were taken to Sertha and Yarchen for formal religious funeral rites.”—A monk from Sertha monastery, who went to Gyegu to do relief work: