Nepal earthquake: “the shake was like nothing I have experienced”

The shake was like nothing I have experienced in my 57 years. It was strong and it shook for a long time. Many old monuments, including famous temples and stupas have come down. Many people fear Kathmandu will have very a high death rate. Fortunately, today is Saturday so schools were off and the quake came in the daytime.

 
When I went out in the evening, I saw many people preparing to camp out in the main open parade ground in the middle of the street. Relatives were crying in the main government hospital where the dead were being lined up in front of the hospital building.
 
People fear that other buildings will collapse. Many of the buildings and monuments here are made of mortar mixed with mud. This material is used a lot in mountain villages so we fear houses outside Kathmandu have come down.

My family is traumatised. We are 5 generations living under one roof – from a 100-year-old grandmother to my 16-month-old granddaughter. Strong aftershocks that are keeping most of us up!

Near the city I saw an open van rushing towards the hospital. At the back of it, rolling with the twists and bumps of the road was the body of what must have been a very young girl. Face down all covered in dust. Black jeans covered with dust. Hair tangled with dust. That made me realize the enormity of the impact to everyone’s lives here. I feel pain for all the families here. Lives snuffed out in a minute.

 

Rupa Joshi is a communication officer with UNICEF in Nepal


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  1. Why is the donate” link not working? We want to donate for our country- Nepal.

  2. Hi Elina – it should be working now. Please let us know if you have anymore issues. Thank you for your support.

  3. Reblogged this on Worldlittlelights and commented:
    My heart goes out to people who are affected by this tragedy. My friend’s relatives in Nepal are not endangered, but they are living on open grounds in tents as their houses are poorly damaged. The telephone networks don’t work and the power is out in many places. Let’s pray for Nepal, India and support the charities that work to help them in any way we can.

  4. I’m ready to travel to Nepal and help with every skill I have. Who should I contact and how would it become possible?

    1. Johannes, let me know if you get any info about this

    2. Hi Johannes and Rashik, thanks for the question and your interest in helping. UNICEF is not accepting volunteers but if you are interested in volunteering for local NGOs, we suggest you look online to see if any are looking for volunteers from abroad. If you are interested in volunteering for the UN you should check out @Volunteers to see what opportunities are available.

      You can also support our work in Nepal by making a donation here: http://www.supportunicef.org/site/c.dvKUI9OWInJ6H/b.9274583/k.FBFF/Help_Children_in_Nepal_Donate_for_earthquake_response.htm

  5. If we want to help secure the future of Nepal, we have to help the children of Nepal now!

  6. Reblogged this on The Forever Years and commented:
    Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the violent earthquake. We pray that those who are strong will support the more vulnerable members of society there: the injured, the mentally traumatised, the grief-stricken, the elderly and the children. Please consider giving, even a little, to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund… follow link at the end of this article for how to donate.

  7. At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake. Initial reports suggest that many communities, especially those close to mountainsides, suffered significant quake damage. Things are really bad in the district, especially in remote mountain villages. The country is running out of water and food, and there are frequent power cuts.

  8. Do you know if the UNICEF buildings in Nepal have been damaged or if they are functioning? I’m helping coordinate aid with some other organizations. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lori, thank you for taking the time to read and for asking about the impact on UNICEF. One of our buildings has in fact suffered some structural damage. You can follow UNICEF Nepal on Facebook for the latest updates from them.

  9. is there a way to get in touch with some one about volunteering in Nepal

  10. Rupa,

    Very happy to hear that in the midst of such a tragedy, you and your family are okay.

    I will donate what I can where I can.

    Chris Grove
    (Your old colleague from USC.)

    1. Dear Amy, thanks for the question and your interest in helping. UNICEF is not accepting volunteers but if you are interested in volunteering for local NGOs, we suggest you look online to see if any are looking for volunteers from abroad. If you are interested in volunteering for the UN you should check out @Volunteers to see what opportunities are available.

      You can also support our response in Nepal by making a donation here.

  11. looking for NGO’s to donate to. Unclear what services each plans to provide, which are capable of helping nd what they are going to do. I am concerned that people get organized to help one another, get housing that will protect them from rain, will know how to get food and housing and medical care to rural areas that seem to be hardest hit. I like that you seem to already have boot on the ground. I do not want even my small contribution to go to mountain climbers.

  12. Dear Alice, thank you for your interest in supporting the emergency response in Nepal. We’re happy to share with you what UNICEF is doing: we’ve been supporting tankering of water and provision of oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements to people gathered in informal settlements, and providing tents for field medical facilities, using supplies already prepositioned in the country. On Sunday two cargo flights with a combined 120 tonnes of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, were being prepped for urgent airlift to Kathmandu. You can read more about this in our News Note from Sunday and you can follow UNICEF Nepal on Facebook for regular updates about what is happening. If you’d like to support UNICEF’s response in Nepal, you can do so here.