‚I feel a part of me being lost‘: readers‘ stories of the Nepal earthquake

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Wout de Jong/GuardianWitness

Wout de Jong was travelling with his partner when the earthquake struck. They were near the town of Bandipur, about 80km outside Kathmandu. „We are a Dutch couple traveling in Nepal.
We we were just outside a big cave just outside of Bandipur when everything started rumbling. The shaking became unreal and went on for such a long time. When we got back to the village over 20 houses
were down and people were panicing with every aftershock. Screaming and running out of their houses. Our guesthouse wall was out and our beds full of bricks and rubble. Right now people here sleep outside
in tents close to bonfires. Mostly the poor people have been struck by the earthquake with their badly build houses reduced to rubble. Some tourists took it up themselves to help where they can but it’s still dangerous
and some buildings still go down due to aftershocks. So far we don’t know what the conditions of the roads are and are suggested to stay where we are until the minor shocks calm down.“
( Sent via guardian witness By Wout De Jong, 27 April 2015, 10:56)

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Nepal Photo Project


The aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and adjoining areas on Saturday will be felt for a long time. As the death toll crossed 4,000 — and is likely to even hit 10,000, according to the country’s Prime Minister — there are tens of thousands left behind who need to build their lives back slowly, painfully.

A group of 10 photographers in and around Kathmandu have started the ‚NepalPhotoProject‘, capturing visuals as the rescue operations are underway. The group has also invited submissions from others through their Facebook page and Instagram profile, and believe that these images can help disseminate information amongst aid agencies and those tracking their loved ones in Nepal.


Devastation in Katmandu

A growing sense of despair spread through Katmandu on Sunday as the devastated Nepali capital was convulsed by aftershocks that sent residents screaming into the streets, where they were pelted by heavy rain.

A day after an earthquake killed more than 2,400 people and injured about 5,900, residents grew frantic and the government, entirely overwhelmed by the enormousness of the challenge facing the country, struggled to provide relief, or much hope. (

Rajneesh Bhandari and Colin Archdeacon


Published in The New York Times

Everest Base Camp a ‘War Zone’ After Earthquake Triggers Avalanches


Members of an expedition from Malaysia’s  University of Technology survey the damage at Base Camp after earthquake sets off avalanches on Mount Everest. All five members of the Malaysian team survived.

Though the epicenter of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal earlier today was roughly 150 miles from Mount Everest, powerful shocks wrought destruction throughout the Khumbu region, where climbing season is in full swing with dozens of expeditions deployed among several mountains.


The quake triggered a massive avalanche that swept through Everest Base Camp. Initial reports say 18 people were killed with several seriously injured. Dozens of other climbers are stranded at camps farther up the mountain. (By Freddie Wilkinson)


Published on news.nationalgeographic.com
Freddie Wilkinson is a writer and climber based in New Hampshire.