By David Tereshchuk*
October 21, 2014—Summer this year was disastrous for the people of Ludian, Qiaojia and Huize counties, in China’s far southwestern province of Yunnan.
In early August 2014 an earthquake with magnitude 6.5 hit all three counties, with hundreds of mild to heavy aftershocks felt afterwards, and causing extra damage.
Hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured. In the communities closely surrounding the epicenter of the earthquake, in Ludian, more than 80,000 houses collapsed.