|We have heard stories of tragedy since the Sichuan - Wenchuan Earthquake, but we have also seen the signs of recovery and hope.|
Today is also a day of reflection for me. I am thinking about all of the people we have met in Sichuan over the last year who have been affected by the earthquake – the millions who have lost their homes, their land and their livelihood. I am also thinking about the many, many people who have lost loved ones – their children, parents, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers and friends. I have met and spoken with some of these survivors over the last year and they are in my mind today.
|Much that remains of Beichuan, China from the earthquake, is buried – reclaimed by the environment.|
The Government of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations have released the first comprehensive report covering the impact of Cyclone Nargis on the people in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon. Among the highlights:
Two weeks ago a World Bank team visited Sichuan, including some of the most devastated areas such as Beichuan county. My colleagues, Mara Warwick and John Scales, took photos and produced a slideshow --see it below in video version:
|Talking to some of the students, many of which are preparing for the college entrance examination.|
Approaching the mountains from the Chengdu plain along the main road to Beichuan County, red banners with large white characters expressing support for the earthquake victims and thanks to the rescuers, are strung across the road, as if creating an arbor for all to pass through. Driving up this road doesn’t feel safe, even now, six weeks after the quake. The steep slopes of the mountains
|At the 700 year-old Er'wang Temple in the Dujiangyan World Heritage Site.|
World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said the institution was ready to help the victims of China’s earthquake as he expressed his condolences following the disaster that hit the central province of Sichuan on May 12, killing about 15,000 people.