A powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude (the country’s worst in 80 years) shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 2,000 people as of reported yet. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of lives (around 34 deaths reported from Northern parts) in India, Bangladesh and Tibet. The earthquake triggered Avalanches on Mount Everest too which claimed lives of 18 climbers while hundreds were there. Strong aftershocks at repeated intervals are being reported too.
Major historic monuments and world heritage sites in Kathmandu have been destroyed including Dharahara Tower, temples and some parts of what was once a royal palace. Pictures posted on social media show collapsed monuments and rubble. There are fears that hundreds of people are trapped in the debris of destroyed buildings and the death toll could rise.
As per media reports, at least 29 districts have been designated as crisis zones. Hospitals in Kathmandu have been overwhelmed. About 90% of the 1,000 homes in the villages of Laprak and Barpak near the epicenter were destroyed. The quake will likely put a huge strain on the resources of Nepal, a poor country best known for Everest. The nation is highly dependent on tourism.
Relief efforts were being hampered by a collapse in communications, closure of airport and predictions of rainfall/storm, raising fears that a widespread humanitarian disaster is unraveling across the impoverished Himalayan nation.
Stay Strong Nepal.
Here are few glimpses of what eye witnesses shared soon after the earthquake. Facebook also included a feature for people of Nepal to let their friends know if they’re safe. Google India also launches a person finder map.