Terry O'Connor, an emergency services doctor for Blaine County in Idaho, is an avid long-distance runner and a climber with a passion for Nepal. O'Connor completed the 4th Annual Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Marathon (IMTUF 100) in September, and dedicated this gruelling 100 mile (160km) race to the rebuilding efforts in villages across Nepal.
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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.
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.
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.
We, as Nepalis, are mourning the loss of thousands of our people, coming to terms with our centuries-old historical monuments turning to dust, and trying to cope with earthquake PTSD. We are really grateful to you for standing with us at a difficult hour.