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Nepal’s Earthquake Destruction, By Drone

BY Alan Perlman
5 May 2015

I’m still shaken up.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 26th, 2015 wreaked havoc upon Nepal. Hundreds of thousands are homeless--their entire villages flattened. UNESCO World Heritage sites and centuries-old buildings were reduced to piles of brick. More than 7,500 are dead, and Sushil Koirala, Nepal’s Prime Minister, believes that number could soon reach 10,000.

Phone lines are down, roads are badly damaged, and hospitals are running out of supplies.

In the Himalaya, the earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history.

Studying Abroad in Kathmandu

In the fall semester of my junior year in college, I enrolled in SIT’s Nepal: Culture and Development program. I lived with a family in the Kathmandu Valley, studying by day in a program house with 9 other Americans, and butchering my Nepali language lessons over dal bhaat with the family each night.

I’ve got many fond memories of my time in Nepal--walking to school, Hindi soap operas, holiday celebrations, and a 2-week trek in the Himalaya.

It was an incredible experience.

That’s why the aerial footage of Kathmandu below is so difficult to watch.

My heart goes out to Nepal and to all those who are affected. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

Nepal earthquake - amazing drone footage after earthquake

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