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Heartwrenching Pictures Of The Devastation In Nepal

02/07/2015 8:15 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Rohan Shrestha

Three weeks after the earthquake hit Nepal, I made my way to Kathmandu from Mumbai along with a team of doctors (who were mostly my cousins and a few friends). We were a group of nine in total. For me, it wasn't just about my Nepali heritage, but also a sense of duty that took me across the border. Clichéd as it sounds, it was a life-altering experience and I cannot stress the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and putting others' interests before your own. I spent my time north of Kathmandu, in the district of Sindhupalchowk, and more specifically in the villages of Listy, Sakhuwa and Fulping Katti. I documented some of the damage and the progress of relief work. These images tell a story that I cannot put to words.

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On our way to Sindhupalchowk, we found that houses that one stood on the riverbank were floating in the water.

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Destruction on the way to Sindhupalchowk.

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People awaiting their rations in Barabise.

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Two little boys share a hug in Barabise.

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A man walks past the destruction. A lot of people were wearing masks due to the massive amount of dust caused by the landslides.

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Dinner provided by the villagers of Sakhuwa. We had to eat our dal-bhaat (a staple in Nepal) under flashlights due to power cuts.

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Kids eating protein bars in the village of Listy.

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Kids enjoying their protein bars in Listy.

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Villagers in Listy.

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This child in Sakhuwa had cerebral palsy and was often unable to speak. She had no one to take care of her and was living in a goat shed all by herself. She is now living in an orphanage in Kathmandu.

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A lady cooking for the village.

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A couple posing for the camera in Sakhuwa.

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Menuka stands with a bag of rice. Behind her stands what remains of her house in Fulping Katti.

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Menuka led us to Fulping Katti up in the mountain; here she is with the other children taking relief supplies from us.

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Woman in Fulping Katti.

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Villagers in Fulping Katti.

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Father and son. Even when the villagers have so little, the boy still offered to share his lunch.

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Villagers carrying supplies up the mountain.

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Cracks on the ground post the earthquake.

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Dr. Dipika Shrestha vaccinating villagers in Listy.

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