China to restore quake-hit Tibetan monasteries

October 16th, 2011 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 16 (IANS) Authorities in northwest China, which was jolted by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last year, are ensuring restoration of its damaged Tibetan monasteries, Xinhua reported.

The quake had levelled the plateau county of Yushu in northwest China, local authorities said.
Rebuilding work has started at 86 Tibetan monasteries.

According to the Officials of Yushu Tibet Autonomous prefecture, the reconstruction of the worst-hit Trangu monastery is expected to be completed in November.

The 700-year-old famed Trangu housed 3,000 Buddha busts and tens of thousands of Buddhism scripts.

Eighty-seven monasteries were damaged, ten of which were reduced to rubble, after the devastating earthquake that struck Yushu April 14, 2010, killing nearly 2,700 people in the predominantly Tibetan region with a population of 350,000.

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