The aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and adjoining areas on Saturday will be felt for a long time. As the death toll crossed 4,000 — and is likely to even hit 10,000, according to the country's Prime Minister — there are tens of thousands left behind who need to build their lives back slowly, painfully.
A group of 10 photographers in and around Kathmandu have started the 'NepalPhotoProject', capturing visuals as the rescue operations are underway. The group has also invited submissions from others through their Facebook page and Instagram profile, and believe that these images can help disseminate information amongst aid agencies and those tracking their loved ones in Nepal.
Here are some of the images the group has captured since they hit the ground on Saturday, shortly after the earthquake took place.
Pedestrians trying to be careful while working between Sinamanga airport road. A massive earthquake hit different locations pretty bad. The first impact was yesterday 11:56 am and now after almost 21 hours we have already received 88 tremers - its on and on and on, wreaking havoc! Two happened while posting this feed. Photo by @saagarchhetri #nepalphotoproject #kathmandu #nepal #2015
April 26, 2015. 1:00AM. A local rescue team pulls the body of an 8 year old child up from the deep within the ruins of the 9 story high Dharahara tower. That day - a Saturday, was a public holiday in Nepal. About 400 lives were trapped inside that tower. Photo by @saagarchhetri #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #loss
Panicked residents have thronged open spaces, sleeping under tents and whatever other shelter they can find even as it rains and temperatures dip at night.
April 26, 2015. A huge crowd has gathered in Tudikhel, a wide park in #Kathmandu. Earlier, Tudikhel used to be divided into 2 parts - one for the public, and the other for military purposes only. Because people have abandoned their homes, the government has opened up the military section to provide people with safe, open areas. As tremors keep on, the fear of another big aftershock have left masses of men, women and children out on the street and in any other available safe open space. Photo by @saagarchhetri #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #tudikhel #space #safe
26 april 2015. Kathmandu - Mr. Shyam Shreshta, a businessman from Sankhamul, Kathmandu, with his wife and son, has managed to make a shelter out of a thick plastic canopy. His friend asks the whereabouts of the shop where he bought the tarp so that he too, can buy it for his family. Almost everybody around the affected zones have abandoned their houses in anticipation of the big aftershock that is predicted to bounce back. Photo by @saagarchhetri #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #kathmandu #homeless
While there's been a mass exodus of people from the city, getting out is not as easy as buying a ticket.
People waiting for hours at Kathmandu International Airport for their loved ones to arrive with relief and support. My flight circled over Kathmandu for 4 hours. Many flights have been turned back due to priority given to airspace for relief efforts. Photo by @prashanthvishwanathan #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #airport
Travellers huddle outside the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu as temperatures drop during the night. A huge exodus in progress as thousands of locals, tourists and workers are trying to exit through the country's only International airport. I spent close to two hours waiting for Spice Jet plane to taxi because of a massive congestion of planes landing simultaneously. The airport can only accommodate so many aircrafts at a time and due to cancelled flights many have landed a few mins apart. Food and water are scarce. For bottled water, the shop outside the airport has only Evian to offer for about $5. Taxis are scarce at night and some taxi drivers may charge ridiculous amounts. Best way to is to share a cab and split the cost. Photo by @sumitdayal #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #kathmandu #nepal #airport
For others left behind, they are trying their best to cope with scarce supplies. "Life must go on," as one of the photographers part of the project shows us.
From this morning around Patan. Most vegetable sellers have been open this morning trying to get rid of produce before it spoils. They said that they're not sure when they will have new supplies. People cooking and sleeping outside the Bhubaneshwari temple in Patan. If you look closely, you can see that the multi storey building behind the temple is relatively undamaged. It's mainly the older buildings and temples that have collapsed completely. Photo by @bimlabai #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #patan #food #shelter
Man Kaji Magar has been busy selling meat from early morning today at Gwarko, Lalitpur "Don't ask me how much is it per kilo, just tell me how many kilos you need. I don't have time to reply back to your question." Photo by @bhushanshilpakar #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #rehabilitation
Mohammad Rajan Saifi prepares waiwai at the Tudikhel grounds near Durbar Square. A migrant worker from Rucksol, India, he and his friends barely made it out of their collapsing house. Tremors were felt a short while ago, at 9:45PM, and everyone made out to the open grounds. Photo by @prashanthvishwanathan #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #kathmandu #tudikhel #durbarsquare
April 27, 2015. Two brothers, Iman and Isan Gurung, follow the cremation rituals of their beloved mother (who lost her life being trapped inside their home in the Balaju area) at Aryaghat, Pashupatinath in Kathmandu. In the background we can see people crying out the last rites of their loved ones. Families are facing trouble at the cremation grounds due to lack of wood and manpower to carry out the cremation process. Photo by @saagarchhetri #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #loss #cremation
Many locals have come forward, helping distribute resources among other earthquake survivors, many of whom are not left with any possessions at all.
Patan Campus this morning - the municipal garbage trucks have come to collect garbage from the settlements in the campus area. Multiple signs have posted warning against the spread of diseases. This sign says, “Let’s not allow diseases to spread, let’s keep the area clean. We can at least do this much. If you keep your surroundings clean, we will avoid the spread of cholera, jaundice, typhoid and diarrhoea.” Photo by @bimlabai #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #patan #safety #hygiene
Pulchowk, 28th April. Spotted a water tanker out in Pulchowk this afternoon. People had brought jars and other containers to fill. The streets were busier today but cars and motorcyclists have already started forming long queues at the Pulchowk petrol pump. Photo by @bimlabai #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #water
Thousands are camping out in the open, and with water, medicine, and other resources running out fast, Nepal will be heavily relying on external aid to slowly cope with the physical loss of so many of its people, resources, and heritage.
Madan Smarak, 28th April - it is lunchtime in the settlement and people have made makeshift iita ko chulo (traditional brick stoves). Most brought back food and cooking utensils from their homes. Families and neighbours have started cooking together and each has contributed either food, utensils or stoves. I asked the lady in green (image on the right) where she got supplies and she said she got the water and food from her home and the stove from their sister's place. Despite water shortage, she's encouraging her family to wash up after eating. Photo by @bimlabai #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #nepal #rehabilitation
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