Nepal Earthquake

‘I Lived Through Nepal's Deadliest Nightmare, In Broad Daylight'

It will soon be a year since deadly earthquakes shattered the usually tranquil and spiritual land of Nepal. It not only took thousands of lives, but reduced the architectural and cultural heritage of the country to rubble. Only the people who lived this dreadful incident know how traumatic it was. Here is one such chilling story of a woman from Nepal who experienced the earth's fury and survived to tell the tale.
Unnat Sapkota

In Sindupalchowk, It's Like The Earthquake Struck Yesterday

The road was blocked by a large digger, tipping smashed masonry into a truck and villagers worked to clear debris in the pounding midday sun. Dust from the rubble hung heavily in the air. To see the storeys-high piles of bricks, cement and twisted metal, it was difficult to believe that work had gone on for a long time. It looked like the earthquake occurred yesterday, not four months ago.
Amrit Sharma

Kathmandu's Tourist Hub Open For Business, But Is Anyone Buying?

Since the earthquake, the streets of Thamel have been much quieter. They're not quite deserted, but they don't feel like a flourishing and buzzing tourist destination anymore. Fortunately, though, the spirit of the entrepreneurs in Thamel is very much alive. Many business owners have cautiously reopened their shops, and are anxiously on the lookout for the next tourist to walk through the door.
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India Has Wrapped Up Operation Maitri, But Nepal Still Needs Our Help

India's relief operations on the ground have come to an end, but Nepal continues to battle its post-earthquake challenges. Besides the almost daily aftershocks, the upcoming monsoon season is expected to start within the next two weeks. The expected rains and strong gusts of wind will threaten the tens of thousands of people living in temporary shelters, and increase the risk of landslides in mountains across Nepal.
Amrit Sharma

How Drones Are Helping Save Nepal's UNESCO Heritage Sites

A small team from Skycatch, a San Francisco-based startup that specialises in data mapping from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flew into Kathmandu a few days ago. They're on a mission to provide an accurate 3D model of the damaged UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so that proactive steps can be taken to protect them before the monsoon season starts.
Mithila Jariwala

Pictures: What The Nepal Earthquake Left Unshaken

I spent almost a week in Barpak village in Gorkha district, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. The villages of Mandre, Barpak, Laprak, Singhla and many others are almost impossible to access and not much help has reached them yet. Several sad stories about these villages have been floating around in the media -- images of people crying and distraught - but what I saw was a sense of resolution rather than dissolution.
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In Earthquake Zone, Jaitapur Nuclear Plant Could Be Courting Calamity

Jaitapur, located on the unspoilt Ratnagiri coast of Maharashtra, is at the confluence of seismic zones 3 and 4, the latter the penultimate category in the national system for assessing earthquake-sensitive areas and identified as a "High Damage Risk Zone". It is also the site prospectively for the largest nuclear power complex in the world, expected to pump 9,900 MW of electricity into the national grid.
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Find Your Faith To Face The World

To move towards growth in life, we require faith in three things -- in oneself, in the goodness in society and in God. However, looking at the recent earthquake in Nepal where so many innocent lives were lost, one wonders if God exists. If He does, why would He do such things? It is on these occasions that faith becomes fragile and one tends to lose it. However, it is also on these occasions that faith is most needed too.
Amrit Sharma

No Roads, No Helicopter, No Problem

Even several days after the Nepal earthquake, Dr Pramod Khanal and his team were the first responders in every village they went to. Despite walking for miles through difficult terrain, sleeping in a tent without a mattress and working around the clock, Dr Khanal didn't take a break.

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