As we all know, Nepal, The Himalayan Nation is still grieving from the unfortunate event, it was struck by a powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon, 25 Apr 2015 and the consequences have been devastating. The epicenter of the earthquake happened to be around 80km west from the capital city, Kathmandu, those village houses which were mostly made of stone and sediment nearby the epicenter were almost all wiped out and some of the old, frail and ancient structures in the capital were also not spared. Many private houses and other buildings were severely damaged, shoddy structures and poorly built houses were turned into rubble, and thousands of lives were buried under the piles of debris. The fatality from the disaster has already risen over 5000 and still rising, tens of thousands of people are believed to be injured and the final toll can reach easily over 10000 soon. According to the United Nation, 8 millions people out of a nation of 30 millions are affected by the disaster, the estimated damages caused by the earthquake could add up to billions and it will take years before the reeling nation can come back to the normal again.
It was not the earthquake itself; it was the inherent habit of cutting shortcuts, notorious culture of ignoring safety before profit and the perennial culture of accepting mediocrity before life that killed so many. The reason behind high fatality is not the ferocity of the earthquake, but its poorly built houses and shoddy structures, and had it been in some other developed nations, the fatality rate would not have been so staggering. Thankfully, it did occur in the daytime and it also happened to be a holiday so people were not at work and children were not in school. Had it been in the nighttime, the fatality would have been beyond our imagination and we should all be really thankful to the God.
The last few days have been really difficult and testing for myself and my family, we have been busy trying to contact our friends and relatives back in Nepal almost in a daily basis, and couldn’t be relieved until we found them all fine and unharmed albeit a little bit ruffled though. My home town Pokhara happened to be situated just at the outer brim of the severely affected area from the big tremor, shock wave was felt pretty hard and strong though, but no severe damages were done. This news virtually took a big weight off our shoulders and we were genuinely relieved and thankful.
I am not only astonished but also genuinely touched by the overwhelming reactions of the people from around the globe; especially the Nepalese Diasporas from many different nations and the true expressions they have shown on helping the bereaved nation were really heart warming. It felt like everybody was on the move, social networking sites were strewn with inspiring gestures, and I could genuinely feel that the whole universe was coming together for help. Everyone was pitching in, goodwill and encouraging messages were filling up the pages of the virtual world and gradually it was touching peoples’ heart and mind as well all at the same time. The whole society was waking up and rallying up all at once for the good cause. The calling was so profound and powerful that one couldn’t help or rest until something was done on his or her part for the cause. It was not only the time of deep mourning but also coming together and taking necessary actions to rebuild the nation again. Adverse situation can create opportunity, let it be the first one for the sake of the nation and rebuild our broken nation again.
I am a writer based in Hong Kong, I write about global issues, and I have recently published six such books. I have more plans to publish 2 more books by this year and so on, my 7th book will be about HK and it is on the editing process now.
I was born in Nepal; I came to Hong Kong as a Gurkha soldier at 17 in 1980 and served the British Crown until 1993. I came back to HK right away, worked in a company for the next seven and half years that had interests in China, and my immediate family joined me two years later in 1995. Afterward, I established my own company in HK, started manufacturing furniture in China factory, and exported it to various countries around the world. I have been working really hard for almost all of my adult life, I always wanted to do something more meaningful after I turned fifty and that is precisely what I am doing now. I only write for my charity, I use the proceeds generating from my books to run my charity, and in turn, it helps finance poor families in Nepal so they can send their children to school. This campaign has already started from my home town, we have already enrolled 25 students for this school year, and we will expand it gradually as we grow in coming years. It will eventually grow and expand to the entire nation, it might take years and I am here to complete it as I expand my literary horizon throughout the world. The grave situation in Nepal has made my campaign even more significant, the children from the mostly hard hit areas would definitely need my help and I promised to work really hard not to leave you all behind. God bless us all.
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Some devastating scenes aftermath the earthquake.