Nepal is just recovering from the recent earthquake with the fear in their minds of another tremor which still shows up in the middle of the night, the rain is another repercussion they have to deal with at the moment. But still in the middle of this there is ray of hope that everything will be all right. There is huge response from various agencies from across the world who have come to the rescue of the quake affected people. Even the social media giants like facebook is contributing around 2 million dollar towards the relief fund of Nepal Earthquake.
We have witnessed the destruction via various medium including the print and electronic media. But now here is the opportunity to hear the real stories from the real people of the Nepal who have witnessed the dark devil of destruction.
Nanu was working in the kitchen of Hotel Inn, lodging in Katmandu, when he felt the earthquake. “At first, I thought ‘It is a tremor, it will pass,’” Mr. Nepali said by telephone. But then, as he looked out of the window, he said, the building in front of him collapsed. The building he was in shook so much he was thrown to the floor.
“It was God who kept me protected in his arms. That gave me strength,” he said. Then the ceiling caved in on top of him, fracturing his leg and cutting his hands and face. When he managed to escape the building “There was panic everywhere,” Mr. Nepali recalls. “I could see buildings around the area cracked or tilting to one side.”
“A lot of people said it lasted for about two minutes. To me, it seemed like forever.” People were too scared to sleep in their houses on Saturday night fearing another tremor, he said.
An ambulance driver in Lalitpur district on the outskirts of Katmandu, said he was on duty when the Earth began moving. “The vehicle began to shake, violently,” Mr. Maharjan said. “I barely was able to get my head out of the window when a tree fell on top of the ambulance,” he said. “Had I not rushed out of the ambulance immediately, I would have been crushed to death.” When he looked around to see what was happening, Mr. Maharajan said “people were pinned to the ground.”
“A vegetable seller lay trapped in a space nearby. Two others had rubble piled on their legs. But I just ran away for safety and left them to die” Mr. Maharajan added. “I know my conscience will not let me live.”
A nurse, who uses only her first name for the introduction, said she and her colleagues found a young girl under debris after the earthquake. Her parents and older brother had been killed by the impact, according to Debina. The nurse works with Child Care hospital in Lalitpur district in Nepal and said the girl, aged between four and five years, had broken her hips.
“Her family members are dead. She is too traumatized and not speaking to anyone,” Debina said. “She started crying louder when people went near her. She just keeps repeating: ‘I want to be with my mother.’”
Tamang 32, was shopping in Bishal Bazaar, on New Road in Katmandu, with her six-year-old daughter Kabita, when she felt the ground shaking. “Within minutes, the shops and old buildings started falling like a pack of cards,” Ms. Tamang said. She became separated from her daughter in the chaos and said she lost consciousness.
After coming round, she said, she couldn’t find her daughter. “I started screaming her name. Suddenly, I saw her stuck under the rubble, I immediately asked for help and pulled her out,” Ms. Tamang said.
‘I’m hungry’ were the first words the little girl said after being pulled out, her mother recalls. “I never felt so relieved in my life. I held her tight and immediately checked for any missing limbs, fingers or toes.”
Ms. Tamang said her daughter had a fractured collar bone and some cuts and bruises on her face, arms and legs.
These stories are just the tip of the iceberg; you can only imagine the devastation took place there in Nepal. Mortality has crossed the figure of 5000+ with hundreds of thousands have injured. If you wish to donate and help the people in Nepal please visit here for more details on types of organization accepting the donations for the earthquake relief fund. You can even donate directly from the facebook, please check at the top of your profile / home page for more details.
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Source: Wall Street Journal India