གཟའ་ཟླ་བ། ༢༠༢༤/༠༥/༢༠

Kyegudo Quake Recovery Hampered by Weather

Earthquake relief efforts in western China are being hampered by high winds and heavy snow.

State-run media say the death toll from the April 14 quake in Qinghai province stood at 2,183 Thursday. Eighty-four people are still missing from the quake, which hit the mostly Tibetan Yushu area.

Reports said homeless survivors were huddled in makeshift shelters as the snow and freezing winds added to their misery.

China's foreign ministry, meantime, said the country has received nearly $4 million dollars in aid and donations from some 200 countries. The United States has donated $100,000 to Red Cross organizations in China to respond to the urgent needs in the disaster zone.

Tibetan monks have taken a lead role in the relief effort, helping to clear debris and distribute food. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has appealed to the Chinese government to allow him to visit the quake site, but Beijing has not responded.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.