Returning to the scene of the world’s worst natural disaster of 2015, Nepal’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake

Apr 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Sadly, the earth’s rumbling seems so fresh here. Debris lies stacked like grim monuments to shattered lives.

A mother and her daughters in Kathmandu.

A mother and her daughters in Kathmandu.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit almost a year ago, on the morning of April 25. It turned out to be the worst natural disaster of 2015. Then, on May 12, a 7.3 aftershock rocked this Himalayan nation again. In all, more than 8,000 people died and millions of homes cracked or collapsed.

In places such as Sankhu, about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu, the quake destroyed or damaged 750 of the town’s 960 houses, says Jagannath Kharel, who works with the international charity World Vision.

“The government has not been able to provide support,” Kharel tells me as he walks narrow lanes on an assessment mission. “It is a terrible situation. Hardly anything has changed.”

Nearby, the International Organization for Migration pays 100 Sankhu residents about $7 a day to clear bricks, chunks of concrete and dirt so that people then can finally start rebuilding their homes.

“Sankhu is being cleared slowly. The government wants someone else to do the job,” says Dipendra Shrestha, the group’s local manager, whose own house fell to the ground in the earthquake.

Continue reading …

CuencaHighLife

Dani News

Google ad

Thai Lotus News

Fund Grace News

Hogar Esperanza News

Gran Colombia Suites News

Amazon Eco lodge News

Quinta Maria News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of April 07

Ecuadorian coffee production is in decline and now supplies only 50% of national consumption.

Read more

Evaluating the Impact of Ecuador-Mexico Diplomatic Strain on Trade Relations.

Read more

The contribution of hydroelectric plants is declining, and Colombia is reducing electricity sales to Ecuador.

Read more

Google ad