Millions of Nepalese are still grappling with the hard reality they experienced on 25th April 2015, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the nation killing more than 9000 people, injuring more than 20,000 people and wiping out 600,000 homes.For an impoverished nation, with so weak infrastructure and poor earthquake preparedness, this scale of earthquake was no ordinary event.
The country’s 14 out of 75 districts were heavily affected – not just with ground shaking and structural collapse of buildings, settlements, bridges, roads and monuments.
The capital city, Kathmandu, was one of the most heavily damageddistrict. Most of its important historical buildings collapsed. The World Heritage Sites across the capital were severely damaged or collapsed. The country watched helplessly as its iconic 200-feet tall Dharhara tower, collapsed, where visitors climb 200 steps to reach the top. There were over 300 people inside the tower when the tower collapsed. The level of humanitarian crisis was unspeakable. The grief among the survivors was unbearable especially when they failed in their desperate attempt to save their loves ones crushed under the rubble.
Nepal is struggling to move on beyond destruction and grief but the rebuilding process has taken too long despite international pledges for humanitarian and rebuilding support. Nepal needs to spend at least over US$ 6.7 billion to rebuild the nation destroyed by the earthquake.