Monasteries hit hard by quake in W'n China
Early report: "25 dead, 5 missing, many injured at Thrangu Monastery. Main new temple, one shedra building, and part of library completely destroyed." (Early estimates: 1,200 dead with 10 times as many injured.)
"Thrangu Monastery has been completely destroyed." is the word from the Thrangu Emergency website"
"The town of Yushu, as I remember it, is gone. 90% of the buildings are down, many people are trapped. There are no stores open, no water, no food. The dam has a crack and is being drained."
* "Eye-witness Report from Earthquake" from Shambhala Times"Khenpo Tsering of the Surmang Monastery was able to call Lyndon Comstock of the Konchok Foundation to report on the devastation in the Surmang area. The full report of their call is below.* Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery Destroyed - links and resources from Rinpoche.com
Khenpo said that Jyekundo (the closest city to Surmang) is completely destroyed. He said that probably 95% of the buildings in the city have been destroyed. He said that, if anyone has seen the movie 2012, it looks like that. Even some of the more recent larger buildings collapsed. He said that a six or seven story building collapsed like the World Trade Center.
Khenpo said that about eight hundred bodies that have been pulled out of the rubble so far but there are thousands more bodies still buried in the collapsed buildings."
* Kham / Qinghai / Tibet / China Earthquake Update
* Thrangu Emergency Fund at ThranguEmergency.org; Messages from H.E Thrangu Rinpoche
* Jeykundo earthquake disaster relief fund at Konchok.org
* News feed via google