When the Nepal earthquake happened on Saturday April 25, 2015 I was taking a workshop in Kolkata and felt a strong tremor. At that the moment the location of the earthquake was not sure and gradually Nepal was pointed to be the epicenter of the earthquake. News started flowing in and Kathmandu's devastating pictures were all over the news and social media. Now as I was not part of any media, it was rather difficult for me to get access through the government organisations heading for Nepal to provide relief to the victims and the survivors. But somehow I wanted to cover this and so I decided to move by train and by road to reach Nepal. Now I never thought of reaching Kathmandu but rather I was thinking of reaching to far flung areas in Nepal which were devastated and was close to the epicenter.
Information was coming that many villages have been razed in the Gorkha district mainly but reaching out to these villages became extremely difficult. Monetary resources was definitely one of my biggest concerns for covering this earthquake as I was not assigned to do this coverage.
Visiting villages and small towns like Manakamana, Gorkha, Kuttledanda, Chunate, Bulawa, Shorpani, Bhaluswara. My aim was to go to Barpak but I had to pull out myself from that plan and long trek of 6 to 7 hours from Bulawa. Village after village in this route had no existence after the Saturday's earthquake. I thank the truck drivers carrying relief materials to these remote and inaccessible villages, who gave me a lift so that I could reach these places.
Images where coming from Kathmandu of devastation and grief and mourning. That is what is expected out of human tragedies of that magnitude. But my images do not show all that as because the poor people of these villages are not mourning neither are they so much worried of those who remain still buried in the rubble of the mountains. In-fact some of the villagers told me that they do not have time to dig out the dead as they have to rebuild their houses and start their new lives as fast as possible. Rattling sound of the tin roofs being pulled out from the debris of the leveled houses and people were looking for their belongings or whatever they could salvage from the rubble.
Human tragedy was here too but these people did not have the time to sit back and grief.
When the Nepal earthquake happened on Saturday April 25, 2015 I was taking a workshop in Kolkata and felt a strong tremor. At that the moment the location of the earthquake was not sure and gradually Nepal was pointed to be the epicenter of the earthquake. News started flowing in and Kathmandu's devastating pictures were all over the news and social media. Now as I was not part of any media, it was rather difficult for me to get access through the government organisations heading for Nepal to provide relief to the victims and the survivors. But somehow I wanted to cover this and so I decided to move by train and by road to reach Nepal. Now I never thought of reaching Kathmandu but rather I was thinking of reaching to far flung areas in Nepal which were devastated and was close to the epicenter.
Information was coming that many villages have been razed in the Gorkha district mainly but reaching out to these villages became extremely difficult. Monetary resources was definitely one of my biggest concerns for covering this earthquake as I was not assigned to do this coverage.
Visiting villages and small towns like Manakamana, Gorkha, Kuttledanda, Chunate, Bulawa, Shorpani, Bhaluswara. My aim was to go to Barpak but I had to pull out myself from that plan and long trek of 6 to 7 hours from Bulawa. Village after village in this route had no existence after the Saturday's earthquake. I thank the truck drivers carrying relief materials to these remote and inaccessible villages, who gave me a lift so that I could reach these places.
Images where coming from Kathmandu of devastation and grief and mourning. That is what is expected out of human tragedies of that magnitude. But my images do not show all that as because the poor people of these villages are not mourning neither are they so much worried of those who remain still buried in the rubble of the mountains. In-fact some of the villagers told me that they do not have time to dig out the dead as they have to rebuild their houses and start their new lives as fast as possible. Rattling sound of the tin roofs being pulled out from the debris of the leveled houses and people were looking for their belongings or whatever they could salvage from the rubble.
Human tragedy was here too but these people did not have the time to sit back and grief.

Earthquake Nepal 2015 - Colour


 

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