As truckloads of food, water and tents poured in amid inclement weather, a state of relative normalcy has begun to return to Gyegu, the epicenter of a powerful tremor last Wednesday that has left 2046 people dead and 193 missing in Qinghai province as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.
A woman in her 30s was also rescued at 5:30 pm after being trapped under debris for 130 hours.
Vendors returned to the streets for the first time since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake - China's strongest in nearly two years - which reduced nearly 90 percent of buildings to rubble.
Dispelling the gloom briefly was news of two miracle rescues.
Badly-needed daily necessities as well as the first batch of television sets arrived Monday morning from Xining, the provincial capital 840 km away. Earlier efforts to send aid to this remote plateau town, home to 100,000 people, had been hampered by poor road and weather conditions as well as heavy traffic.
Five days after the catastrophe, an elderly woman and her four-year-old granddaughter were pulled out from the rubble on Monday.
Although most survivors are housed in government-issued tents, some people were still staying in the open by the side of their flattened homes.
Evening temperatures drop to below freezing point in Yushu, and there was a little snow and sleet on Monday afternoon.
Survivors packed temporary phone booths and charger stations on Gyegu's main street, trying to make free calls to relatives and friends or recharge their cellphones.
Electricity supply has been restored to pre-quake levels as of Monday morning, according to Gu Junyuan, chief engineer of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The Ministry of Commerce said in Beijing that it had sent 3,000 stoves and some mobile shops to the quake-hit region. The stoves will arrive in Xining on Tuesday, the ministry said.
Kunga, a "Living Buddha" from Derge county in Sichuan's Garze prefecture which neighbors Yushu, arrived at the quake zone a day after the disaster with 280 monks. He said they were now trying to reach more remote regions.
Miao Wei, vice-minister of industry and information technology, said telecommunications were back to normal in all six counties in Yushu prefecture. Every village and township has been equipped with at least one means of direct contact with the rescue and relief headquarters.
"Tibetan Buddhism should be a vital component in the mental recovery of the victims," Kunga told China Daily.
As Yushu is a predominantly ethnic Tibetan region, he believes survivors require the comfort of monks.
In Beijing, authorities begun to draft plans for a new Yushu, with "ecological tourism" as its pillar industry.