It has already been a month since the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. When I first heard that there was an earthquake in Nepal, I was hoping that it was just a small one and praying for no destructions and casualty. One of our relative told over the phone that Kathmandu is badly hit and there might be lots of damages. My heart just sank as I heard this and tried calling my family and relatives who lives in Kathmandu. After several attempts I was able to connect to my sister’s phone. I felt relieved to hear that they are all safe, however it was way beyond my capacity to imagine what my sister was telling me about the extent of shake and its impact. As I hung up I logged on to my Facebook, the daunting images of Kathmandu after the earthquake has started making its way to my news feed. As I scroll down more terrifying photos started appearing. . I had no idea what to say or react. I became numb as I see beautiful Kathmandu, my birthplace turning into pile of debris just in a matter of few seconds. Tears rolled down my eyes as I try to comprehend what my family, friends and others might be going through and it was even more terrifying to imagine what might be happening to the people trapped inside those collapsed building. As more and more people started posting photos and updating their status on Facebook, it was getting apparent that Kathmandu valley is in real danger. On top of that the aftershocks have been continuous following the main quake.
I was grieving for my city, where I grew up; the heritage that I have always been proud of; and the the people who are always so humble and diligent … but only until I came to hear that the situation near the epicentre and other little towns and VDCs are no better than Kathmandu but far worst. And the extent of damage is just not possible to predict as most of these places are remote and take many days to get there or possibly only helicopters could reach there.
It’s almost 8 years that I came to Sydney and never in my life had I felt so helpless for being away from family. I went through many sleepless nights thinking of the people and places back home. Being physically away from home neither helped my mind to stop thinking about them not stop my heart beat for them. For days and weeks my eyes were literally glued to the news and the updates about the earthquake.
Two weeks after the earthquake, as life in the least affected areas in Kathmandu and other places were just about to come back to normalcy, another earthquake of 7.3 struck Nepal, destroying already weak foundations and killing additional people. The aftershocks that started soon after the first quake was still on and continued to be a threat to the people who are already scared and traumatised.
The help and support from international community within the short period after the quake hit Nepal was truly appreciable and praiseworthy. Small country like Nepal with limited resources and man power would not have capacity to deal with this massive catastrophe. However, the solidarity, enthusiasm, patriotism shown by the self-driven local youth and organisations are really commendable. The help and support Nepal received from people all over the world in various means and forms is overwhelming. Everyone tried their best to keep up with their rescue and relief efforts. Though the relief efforts managed to reached the remote areas, there are still places who haven’t received anything and still waiting for help and support.
Following the massive destruction, rebuilding and rehabilitation would be the next big step. Various organisations are helping in their own way. I helped my friends working on the grounds in different affected areas. The country is still in biggest trouble at the moment and requires support of any kind to spring back. Considering the extent of the damage caused, Nepal have long way to go and she will need more support for months or year to come . If you have every wanted to help Nepal, this is the best time to help.
A group of friends are in the mission to rebuild the semi- permanent to permanent shelters to the victims and they are committed to get this started before the monsoon (rain) starts. For this they have recently started a fund raising campaign. Inability to develop temporary or permanent shelters before the monsoon will add more misery to those without shelter.
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