Across Chengdu, the capital of China's earthquake-struck Sichuan province, citizens are camping out in tents in public parks, riverbanks, and even on the sides of the roads. But many of the tent-dwellers haven't lost their homes, reports the Wall Street Journal. Rather, they're reluctant to return to their high-rise apartments, fearful of aftershocks.
"I've fully mentally prepared to stay outside for a long time," said one middle-class resident of Chengdu, whose large tent houses seven and includes a twin bed. For campers like her, clean water and sanitation can be obtained just by returning home. But in poorer neighborhoods, tent-dwellers are lining up 40 deep to use toilets, and Chinese authorities are worrying about public health.