Climbers Remember Nepal on Anniversary of Earthquake

The Gorkha Earthquake ravaged Nepal one year ago. Today, areas of the nation are still rubble, and rebuilding is slow.

By Rock and Ice | April 25th, 2016

The Gorkha Earthquake ravaged Nepal one year ago. Today, areas of the nation are still rubble, and rebuilding is slow.

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude quake. It was the nation’s worst natural disaster since 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake. The catastrophe killed 8,856, injured 22,309 and destroyed over 600,000 homes.

Despite $4.1 billion in pledged aid, Nepal has only received $1.28 billion, according to the New York Times. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies notes that about 4 million people are still living in temporary shelters.

The UK's International Search and Rescue team go to work in Chautara, Sindhupalchok District, north east of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Jessica Lea/DFID.

On Sunday, demonstrators protested outside Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli’s office, frustrated with the bureaucracy’s incompetence and lethargy in rebuilding and allocating aid.

Several prominent climbers commemorated the anniversary on social media today to show support for the Nepali people.

“On the anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, I know that words don’t even begin to describe how much work there is left to do for the communities to rebuild,” Renan Ozturk posted on Instagram. “Please think of Nepal, and if you can, visit her.”

Conrad Anker echoed this sentiment. “A year ago this morning an earthquake shook Nepal. Earthquakes are part of Nepali life – time is measured between major disturbances,” Anker wrote. “With remembrance for those who lost loved ones in the quake and respect for the resourceful Nepali people.”

But, Nepal may soon face more disaster – summer is monsoon season.

The 2015 earthquake stripped the earth of vegetation in many areas throughout Nepal. A University of Michigan research team attributes 22,000 landslides since the earthquake to the slickness of the bare hillsides. The team is worried that the coming rains will cause devastating landslides in the overwhelmed nation.

“While last year’s monsoon was relatively mild, concern is high over what to expect this summer, if we were to have a normal or stronger-than-typical monsoon,” said Marin Clark, an associate professor at Michigan.


Cover Photo: Rajan Journalist.


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