Photo Associated Press: Nepalese women work to rebuild a damaged house in Lalitpur, Nepal, Friday, May 8, 2015. The April 25 earthquake killed thousands and injured many more as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings and archaeological sites in Kathmandu.
The magnitude of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th was 7.8 and right now the death toll is at 7 803. Nepal’s National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) stated that 403 people are missing (113 are foreigners). According to NEOC, more than 10% of homes were destroyed by the earthquake. Mourners in Nepal took ritual baths in the Bagmati River and prayed for the loved ones that they lost.
Shops are open and traffic jams are as usual in Tudhikel, the city that was hit by earthquake. A sign was posted in a popular coffee shop in Katmandu’s downtown area: “You have two hands. One is to pour latte and the other to help quake victims.”
According to Nepal’s Archaeology Department, restoring Nepal’s heritage locations and historical places will take years and it will cost millions of dollars.
Bhesh Narayan Dahal, the Director-General of the Archaeology Department of Nepal said: “It takes time, I think, Nepalese billion currency (millions of US dollars)… These are the gifts of our ancestors; we have to build it because this heritage helps us in the tourism industry.”
Every year around 800 000 tourists visit Nepal’s monuments, temples and other popular and now mostly damaged attractions.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Baručija