EARTHQUAKE TERROR IN NEPAL
On 25 April, a major earthquake of 7.8 magnitude left Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, devastated. Over half a million houses were completely destroyed affecting millions of Nepalis. Over 9,000 people were killed and 20,000 more werr injured seriously. The scale of humanitarian disaster was huge affecting especially the poorest communities who have been further impoverished by loss of their properties, livestock and farming and other sources of income.
Despite the heavy disaster and tragic loss of their loved ones, Nepali people continue to show their power of resilience. The capital city, Kathmandu, still bear a look of a very dilapidated city. The neighborhoods are still filled with debris and residents continue to live in deplorable state. Nearly 35,000 buildings collapsed and over 1,200 were killed and now over 80,000 remain homeless.
I am part of this city, which has been a home for my family since our ancestors. On that day, I garnered all the courage within a few minutes of the fearsome shaking to get out and do my job. My heart was on capturing the most humane emotions of my people who were completely shocked, traumatised and grieving. Despite my own worries about leaving behind my family behind while they were still shaking with fear, I had a duty to fulfill. Today, these images are the products of that day and that has been the most testing event of 20 years of my professional life