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Support Landslide Disaster Appeal

Jun 26, 2017

Landslide Disaster in Xinmo village, Maoxian County in the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, Sichuan Province

Landslide in Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
According to BBC quoting news from the People’s Daily more than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Maoxian in Sichuan province in China. Over 57 percent of the population in this prefecture is believed to be Tibetan. In Tibetan Maoxian is called Maowun in Kham now in Sichuan Province.
 
 
When the Second Fact Finding Delegation sent by HH the Dalai Lama to Tibet in 1980 this place was the first Tibetan area that the Second Delegation including myself visited. That was the first return visit to Tibet since I left Tibet in 1959. The area was then known as Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It was renamed as Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in 1987. I had a pleasant memory of visiting this place, drinking locally brewed millet wine and dancing with local people singing Tibetan songs. That was a happy start of our three and half month tour of many Tibetan areas from Maoyun in the Eat to Gangtse in West.
 
 
 
Today after 37 years later my heart goes back to the people of Maoyun who has suffered a tragic natural disaster. I am in touch with our local representative and some authorities and trying to find out if Tibet Foundation could help in any way we could. In May 2008 in a major earthquake in Wenchuan in the same geographical area over 20,000 people died. At that time Tibet Foundation was able to support rebuilding a Tibetan school in Tsonlha County affected by the earthquake.
 
Tibet Foundation is setting up an emergency fund to help the victims of this devastating landslide in Maoyun. I would like to ask you to help if could. Thank you.
 
Contact us: 
Emal: info@tibet-foundation.org
Phone: 020 7930 6001
 
Phuntsog Wangyal
Founding Trustee
Tibet Foundation
 
Pictures: People’s Daily