It's been a year since the earthquake in Nepal. The devastating quake hit on April 25, 2015, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless. Photographer Sonia Narang visited with several people who lost their homes, livelihoods or access to basic needs in the disaster.
Nepal wants the world to know that, in the wake of the earthquake, the country is open for business. But that isn't exactly true. While, the earthquake damage isn't so much the problem anymore. It's the fuel crisis.
In Nepal, the massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. So now the focus is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.
The UN, along with many humanitarian assistance agencies, have been helping Nepal in the aftermath of major earthquakes. But aid workers warn that people there need more help before the monsoon season arrives.
As recovery efforts continue in Nepal, one of the biggest challenges is getting supplies to badly damaged areas. Nama Budhathoki and his organization, Kathmandu Living Labs, have been working on mapping the country and the damage using badly needed crowdsourced maps.
Most of those Nepalis affected by the earthquake in April were women who have had to deal with the disaster on their own. Journalist Purvi Thacker happened to be in Nepal last month when the earthquake hit. She describes meeting women faced with the reality of providing aid on the ground and dealing with their own destroyed homes and lives.
More than 5,000 people are nearly 11,000 people are wounded and more than 450,000 have been forced from their homes after this weekend's 7.8-magnitude earthquake. International relief efforts have commenced, providing much needed food, shelter and medical supplies, but the constant aftershocks have left the country on edge.
Reporter Donatella Lorch has lived in Nepal for two years, running through — and admiring — the small town of Khokana on many days. She returned to the village in the wake of Saturday's earthquake and saw her beloved town in ruins, but its people organizing to help themselves.
In New York City, home to one of the largest Nepalese communities in the US, crowds gathered after the earthquake in Nepal to pray, gather donations and hope for good news from relatives still unaccounted for.
An earthquake in Kathmandu isn’t surprising: Many experts in the region have long expected a big quake. And while Nepali NGOs have worked on educating the public about what to do, it’s hard to prepare for the unknown when the daily pressures of poverty take priority.
Samrat Upadhyay has been taking his students on cultural tours to Nepal. He has one planned for this summer. But he says he dreads the upcoming visit after the earthquake left many of his beloved sites in rubble.
The images coming out of Nepal show a people that are hurting. There are lots of broken bones and there are babies trying to breathe inside home-made respirators. Or, there's one image of a mother trying unsuccessfully to revive her child. They are all victims of injuries sustained during the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday. Photojournalist Patrick Adams is in Nepal and describes what he is seeing.
Medical personnel in Nepal are working round-the-clock to help the thousands of people injured in the April 25 earthquake. Among those helping is one young American doctor who was living and working in Kathmandu.