Aftermath of Earthquake in Nepal
Born on 20 July- 1991 in village Alinagar of District Lakimpur Kheri (U.P-India), Satpal Singh is nature & travel photographer. Based in Delhi, Satpal is a passionate traveler and writer. He has won many reputed photography awards across the world. He has contributed his articles and photographs in many esteemed publications of India & abroad, i.e. Nature’s Best Photography- USA, Asian Geographic- Singapore, Professional Image Maker- United Kingdom, Palmaris- France, Terre Sauvage- France, Smithsonian- United States, TPA- Malaysia, Outlook, Saevus, Sanctuary Asia, Asian Photography, Better Photography, Opinion Today, BNHS etc.
He is sharing a feature on the consequences of recent massive earthquake in Nepal on our blog. --Dr. Pankaj Sharma
"The recent earthquake of Nepal (with 7.9- magnitude) which took place on 25th April-2015 proved to be the cause big destruction. It was the biggest quake in Nepal After 1934. Official number of deaths has crossed 9,000 and more than 30,000 people have got injured in this quake.
Katmandu Valley, the capital of the country is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million people. Here the quality of buildings is often poor. A number of buildings collapsed in the center of the capital including centuries- old temples and towers e.g. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the Dharahara Tower (one of Katmandu's landmarks built by Nepal's royal rulers in the 1800s and a UNESCO-recognized historical monument) got ruined badly.
Major loss of human lives & economy took place in rural Nepal. So I decided to cover those remote areas where the proper help had not reached till the mid of May-2015. I spent total 10 ten days (3-12 May-2015) in this project with only two days in Kathmandu. I visited the remote villages of most effected districts e.g. Sindhupal Chaok, Gorkha, Dhading etc. It was hard to believe that 1390 houses out of 1400 had got destroyed completely only in one of the highly populated villages named Barpak of Gorkha district. It was really heart-touching to witness the deep pain and tears of people, and the huge destruction.
Numerous countries around the world have provided necessary aid and supplies to the affected areas. The contribution of our country (India) is equally incredible. Humanitarian groups are regularly working to provide shelter, clean water, food, medicines in concerned areas."