Nepal Photo Project Captures How 'Life Goes On' For Earthquake Survivors

28/04/2015 4:45 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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KATHMANDU, NEPAL - APRIL 28: A man sits outside his house while his family pack their belongings inside their damaged house on April 28, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. Regular aftershocks have hampered recovery missions as locals, officials and aid workers attempt to recover bodies from the rubble. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

The aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and adjoining areas on Saturday will be felt for a long time. As the death toll crossed 4,000 — and is likely to even hit 10,000, according to the country's Prime Minister — there are tens of thousands left behind who need to build their lives back slowly, painfully.

A group of 10 photographers in and around Kathmandu have started the 'NepalPhotoProject', capturing visuals as the rescue operations are underway. The group has also invited submissions from others through their Facebook page and Instagram profile, and believe that these images can help disseminate information amongst aid agencies and those tracking their loved ones in Nepal.

Here are some of the images the group has captured since they hit the ground on Saturday, shortly after the earthquake took place.


A house in Basundhara, Kathmandu collapsed during the massive earthquake of 25 April 2015. Photo by @kishorksg #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #collapse

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Panicked residents have thronged open spaces, sleeping under tents and whatever other shelter they can find even as it rains and temperatures dip at night.




While there's been a mass exodus of people from the city, getting out is not as easy as buying a ticket.




Travellers huddle outside the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu as temperatures drop during the night. A huge exodus in progress as thousands of locals, tourists and workers are trying to exit through the country's only International airport. I spent close to two hours waiting for Spice Jet plane to taxi because of a massive congestion of planes landing simultaneously. The airport can only accommodate so many aircrafts at a time and due to cancelled flights many have landed a few mins apart. Food and water are scarce. For bottled water, the shop outside the airport has only Evian to offer for about $5. Taxis are scarce at night and some taxi drivers may charge ridiculous amounts. Best way to is to share a cab and split the cost. Photo by @sumitdayal #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #kathmandu #nepal #airport

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For others left behind, they are trying their best to cope with scarce supplies. "Life must go on," as one of the photographers part of the project shows us.







Many locals have come forward, helping distribute resources among other earthquake survivors, many of whom are not left with any possessions at all.





Thousands are camping out in the open, and with water, medicine, and other resources running out fast, Nepal will be heavily relying on external aid to slowly cope with the physical loss of so many of its people, resources, and heritage.




h/t Quartz


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