A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on Ritcher Scale hit Nepal at 11.56 AM on 25th of April 2015. The quake was followed by two major aftershocks and hundreds of minor shocks. According to official statistics 8600 plus people have died and more than 22000 people have sustained injuries. Hundreds of thousands of houses have been devastated or destroyed or partially damaged leaving thousands of families homeless and stranded.
The earthquake had its epicenter near the village of Barpak in Gorkha District around 120 km west of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. However, due to the powerful magnitude of the shockwaves it has badly affected hundreds of villages in Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, and Dolakha Districts. In Kathmandu the earthquake has destroyed several government buildings, historical, religious and cultural sites and thousands of private and public infrastructures.
While the people in the affected areas are struggling to return to their normal lives, several minor aftershocks continue to shake the country. Although these shockwaves are measured between 4 to 5 on the Richter Scale people are scared to go back to their homes and start normal live. In the severely affected villages of Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk, thousands of families are deprived of basic needs and living under temporary shelters.
The government of Nepal is trying hard to deliver relief materials to the needy families. Food items and tents are being supplied by the government and aid agencies in some places but people in the remote areas have not received anything.
The upcoming Monsoon (June-July) will certainly worsen the post-earthquake situation in Nepal if the affected families are left on their own. The government of Nepal has announced rehab package and is planning to rebuild the country. But it may be too late if we only depend on these plans, which usually take a long time to be executed. Therefore, these efforts need to be complemented by non-government organizations and private sector so that the rebuilding process is expedited.