A 6.6 magnitude earthquake shattered the tranquility of a quiet provincial town in Lushan county, near the city of Ya’an in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
Most of the damage was centered in the town of Lushan with over 200 deaths and 1,000 serious injuries, however, these numbers are expected to rise as rescuers continue their efforts—efforts, which are currently being impacted by the treacherously narrow roads, landslides, and government travel restrictions.
Premier Li Keqiang flew by helicopter over the region to assess the damage, and offer his words of comfort and consolation:
“Treat and heal your wounds with peace of mind,” Xinhua quoted Li as telling patients at a hospital. “The government will take care of all the costs for those severely wounded.”
Presently, 18,000 soldiers have been dispatched to assist in these efforts.
In a week that has been plagued by much tragedy, we ask you simply to share of your hearts and to offer your thoughts of hope…compassion…and healing.
Namaste and much love to you today.