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Feature: looking forward to a better life in future

By Source:China Tibet Online 2015-05-11

At 14:11 on Apr. 25, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal was felt strongly in Rongxar Township of Tibet's Tingri County, where the majority of houses collapsed and four people were killed.

After the earthquake, people from the affected regions of Tibet have been relocated and placed in three temporary settlements.

Each household has been provided with cotton tents, bedding, clothing, food and drinking water, and other relief supplies.

Rongxar Township Primary School has resumed classes, as the disaster area gradually returns to normal life.

Walk into the settlements' relief tents, and you will see the traditional Tibetan yak dung-burning stove in the middle space, hot with blazing flames, surrounded by a dozen people chatting and eating boiled potatoes.

Migmar has come to warm up with some Tibetan buttered tea and Tibetan wine, while the hostess Paldron cooks boiled potatoes dipped in chilli sauce. Despite suffering through a great disaster, the people seem calm. They smile with pleasure and talk about happier things.

Migmar said although they each have tents, there are not enough stoves, so with four families combined they total fifteen people who put their food together to cook and eat together.

Speaking of the disaster relief work, 20-year-old Benba Tsering said: "All our food, clothes, and housing have now come from the government, so we have nothing to worry about". Tsering Panden, 36, then added: "Living in this big family, I feel very happy - so long as we are here together, we have what we need."

Due to serious road blockage issues, necessitating a 6-km climb around the mountain roads to reach Chen Tang, the first shelters set up there were made simply of plastic sheeting and wooden furniture, until May 2 when they were replaced with cotton tents. However, there were no complaints regarding this, as most people were full of gratitude and understanding.

Seven-nine-year-old Chimey tearfully said: "The most dangerous time came for us, and the Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army have appeared in front of us with tents to meet our most pressing needs."

With the earthquake affected areas gradually resuming normal life, earthquake relief work has become part of the daily production along with rebuilding of homes.

Taking advantage of the sunny weather in the new settlement, Dawa Tsering has been airing salvaged barley from the ruins of his old house. He said that in Rongxar Township, with its high mountains and deep valleys, barley cultivation is limited and there will now be a shortage. Already families are lacking hay to feed their livestock, so they are living on tsampa, tea and salt.

"I hope the government can grant some hay and barley to the affected areas, and in the future rebuild homes taking into account the earthquake-prone area we live in."

When it comes to rebuilding their homes, people in the disaster areas generally believe that the government can do a better job, and they are just looking forward to work being started as soon as possible.

Gyeltsen, 55, said: "I hope the government will build us a better new countryside life."

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