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Nepalese tragedy as earthquake strikes.

April 25, 2015

My heart goes out to  Nepal, my “second home” for more than 30 years, in its hour of tragedy.

Reports of casualties are still coming in, but the Himalayan country I returned from only five days ago is still reeling from the 7.9 Richter scale earthquake which struck  northwest of the capital of Kathmandu early today.

The death toll has reached 2000 and is expected to soar as reports filter in from the countryside between the capital and Pokhara to the west.

Homes and businesses in Kathmandu have been flattened. Temples in the famous,  historic Patan Square and Durbar Marg  have been devastated. Huge cracks have appeared in roads throughout the city, with many of the capital’s older buildings destroyed. The city’s only airport has been closed ” for safety reasons” for the second time in a few weeks, the previous occasion after the crash-landing of a Turkish airliner.

Reports are coming in from as far away as Mount Everest, where the quake has caused avalanches in an area where 1000 or more people have been camped waiting their turn to tackle the summit of the world’s highest peak. It has been confirmed that at least 17  people on the mountain have been killed, and others are stranded on the slopes above Base Camp following an avalanche.

As yet there are no reports of damage to Pokhara, (close to the quake’s epicentre) and which I left late last week at the end of a month’s trip to what is my spiritual and second home.

The final trekking spot for me and Tenji Sherpa, my guide of thirty years, was at the Annapurna Lakes, a short distance from Gorkha,  home of the Gurkha Regiment and a jumping- off spot for low level trekking to Pokhara. The town is said to have been levelled, but casualty figures are as yet unknown.

 

 

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  1. April 26, 2015 10:39 am

    It’s an absolute tragedy and completely unexpected. So relieved that you’re okay though, Mike.

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    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      April 26, 2015 12:07 pm

      Thanks Jo. It was to have been my last trip, and now that seems certain. The old cities in Kathmandu were a major draw card for tourists, and they have vanished. I cannot see the tourist trade surviving.

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