Earthquake Nepal 2015
On the day, 25th April, around 11:56 am NST, a massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitudes, hits Nepal in a cruel way. It destroyed everything. Along with many lives, many internationally recognized heritages, monuments and several antiquities that have been preserved from centuries have been destroyed. It is believed that this disaster killed more than 8,500 people, thousands have been injured, many peoples are yet to find and has destroyed or damaged more than 742,334 houses. It left more than 10 million people outside the home, a quarter of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance. The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. In these areas, immediate humanitarian assistance is required as soon as possible. Till today, we have already felt three big aftershocks after a major earthquake struck in 25th April.
Aid efforts have yet to reach many remote communities. In the next few weeks, the monsoon will weaken the mountainsides and cause further landslides. It will be difficult to reach into the deeper and higher up into the mountains, so many communities will have to suffer. Immediate priority should be given to support core needs including shelter, water, health care, education, emotional support, and essential child and women protection mechanisms. Nine out of ten schools have been destroyed in the districts of Gorkha, Sindhupalchok, and Nuwakot. Schools are regarded as shock-absorber since they provide psychological treatment to the children, are now completely destroyed. The Farmers who miss the planting season for rice, due at the end of this month, will be unable to harvest again. The cultivation land is totally damaged due to landslides and dangerous cracks in the land. There are extensive and irreversible damages at the World Heritage site of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu was a city of temples. It is now the city of tents. Along with the pride of Nepal and Kathmandu “dharahara Tower”, the three Durbar Squares are now converted into a huge pile of smashed bricks and stones. The Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force collaborating with local residents are gathering into the destroyed structures, that was left, using their hands and available materials to claw away the bricks and debris, believing that there might have more survivors trapped in it.
No matter what the condition may be, we should unite, help and care each other putting our hands and soul together at this time of need. We have shown “WE” feeling in this hard condition and we should convert this pain into gain on momentum of national unity. Although we have suffer from heavy and irreparable loss, we have strong hope that we rebuilt our very own Nepal as it was in a more safety and scientific way and show the world with our head held high with respect and dignity. Our Nepal will always remain Dignified Nepal.
Written by: Neerajan Mainali