17 Facts To Help You Comprehend The Devastation Of Nepal's Earthquake
Nepal is exhausted and is in desperate need of help. In describing the aftermath of the quake, CNN says "one of the world's most scenic spots became a panorama of devastation in minutes."
1. A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal at midday on Saturday, 25th April 2015. The earthquake epicenter hit 80km northwest of Kathmandu.
2. The initial reported death toll of 1,000 people quickly surpass 3,300 as of 27 April 2015
3. At least 6,500 people are reportedly injured, but these numbers are still rising
4. For two days, a series of aftershocks continued to shake the country, further traumatizing the people. One aftershock recorded a magnitude of 6.7.
5. The earthquake and tremors were so powerful it could be felt as far as New Delhi and across parts of Bangladesh, Tibet region of China, and Pakistan. Deaths have been reported in India (60 fatalities) and China (17 fatalities).
6. This is the first earthquake of such devastation to hit central Nepal in 81 years. In 1934, the 8.1 magnitude Nepal-Bihar earthquake killed 10,000 people.
7. The quake triggered several avalanches in the landlocked mountainous country, especially at Mount Everest
Terrifying new video shows the instant a group of climbers on Mount Everest were forced to run for their lives after an avalanche was triggered by the massive earthquake. The video was captured by German Climber Jost Kobusch and posted to YouTube Sunday, showing base camp moments before and after the avalanche that killed at least 18 people on Everest and injured dozens of others.globalnews.ca
Warning: The following video contain vulgarities and may be distressing to some.
8. The snow swept away tents and people. 17 climbers and sherpas have been killed, 37 injured, and dozens still missing at Mount Everest. About 800 people are trapped in the base camp waiting for rescue.
9. In the city, century-old ancient landmarks and temples in the Kathmandu Valley, which were the pride of the nation, were left to rubble. Four of it were Unesco World Heritage sites.
10. In the rural areas, 80% of houses were destroyed
11. Victims were trapped under metres and metres of rubble. Rescue team had to remove the rubble brick by brick looking for survivors, some of which were pulled out from under dead bodies.
12. With people terrified of more earthquakes, tent cities have now sprung up in Kathmandu with many feeling safer shivering in the cold Himalayan mountain air than in buildings
13. Hospital workers had to stretch patients out onto the streets and conduct operations under makeshift tents as it was too dangerous to treat them indoors
14. People are already conducting mass cremation for the victims
15. Grief-stricken Nepal is now short on water, electricity, food, and medical supplies
16. The international community has pledged rescue support and millions of dollars in aid packages to Nepal
The international community has also pledged support and aid packages to Nepal. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said the US will pledge $1m to the aid effort and will also assist with a disaster response team. Australia has also pledged a Aus$5m aid package, while India, Sri Lanka, the UK, China and others are all sending disaster response teams to assist in search and rescue.theguardian.com
17. Wisma Putra has announced that no Malaysians were injured or killed in the quake. A group of climbers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) managed to survive the avalanche in Mount Everest.
More photos from Nepal:
Survivors inspect a crack in the road left in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the wake of the earthquake. Image via dailymail.co.uk
A survivor is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in Kathmandu yesterday shortly after the earthquake struck at around noon. Image via dailymail.co.uk
As well as leveling many of Kathmandu's homes and structures, the quake also left a dust pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. Image via dailymail.co.uk
People search for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square yesterday in the immediate aftermath. Image via dailymail.co.uk
A Nepalese woman holds the hand of her relative killed in an earthquake at a hospital, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Image via Manish Swarup/AP Photo
A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. Image via Prakash Mathema/AFP
Nepalese novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for earthquake victims at the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi Temple in the Indian town of Bodhgaya on April 26, 2015. Image via STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images