China endured a pair of intense earthquakes on May 21 and May 22, with at least 2,754 foreshocks and aftershocks affecting areas across the western regions of the country. Many residents in quake-hit areas of Yunnan and Qinghai Provinces told The Epoch Times that they had to take rescue measures on their own, as help didn't arrive soon enough.
They also said that many houses are also no longer safe to live in, and local residents had to set up temporary tents in the streets and were taking risks to collect necessities from their damaged houses due to a lack of aid.
Residents also said they were hearing updates from neighbors that many people were injured during the earthquakes. But official news channels controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced only limited injuries.
A resident from Tiezhu Road, Cangshan West Township in Yangbi, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times on May 22: “The regime didn’t set up a relief tent here. We just went back home to find something to eat when it was relatively calm (without aftershocks). Some people had nowhere to go and sat on the side of the road at night.”
On May 23, the state-run Global Times, quoting Chinese earthquake experts, reported that there had been at least 1,585 foreshocks and aftershocks in Yangbi, with the strongest registering as a 5.6 magnitude quake that struck roughly 27 minutes before the 6.4 magnitude quake.
People’s Cries UnheardChina's communist regime only briefly reported on the earthquakes in the news, without providing many details. Locals impacted by the natural disasters are suffering the consequences of a lack of public awareness as they call out for aid. They said the regime supplied disaster relief only to more populous areas, leaving many to fend for themselves.
“Madoi has about 10,000 residents, and a large percentage of us don’t dare to sleep at home because of the aftershocks,” Zhaluo said. “Many houses in Huanghe township collapsed. Some residents slept inside their cars; some went to their relative’s houses in other cities; some set up tents on the street.”
Zhaluo said most houses in downtown Modoi County were fine, but that houses in the rural areas were badly damaged.
A Madoi resident who works for another hotel told The Epoch Times: “Some of the houses are cracked. Some houses aren’t solid and have collapsed. I heard people were injured.”
Both the resident and Zhaluo said they didn’t receive any warning before the earthquake hit or notices that there could be aftershocks. Now, they're living in survival mode, ready to flee the next quake and subsisting on very simple food.
A resident in Yangbi County in Yunnan told The Epoch Times: “I don’t want to recall my memory of the quake. It’s horrible. We don’t dare to go back home now. We are waiting for the tent that the communist party promised to set up for us.”
A restaurant worker in Cangshan West Township said: “We have co-workers injured [during the earthquake]. We sleep inside our cars.”
A hotel owner in the township told The Epoch Times that he has had to close his hotel and “set up tents beside the road with my friends and relatives. We sleep in the tents at night.”