Nothing changes in Nepal since twin earthquakes hit country

Nepal capital marks monthly anniversary of massive earthquake as country trying to bind up wounds

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A month after two strong earthquakes hit the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, hundreds of residents have still been struggling to survive inside the open camps and temporary shelters desperately.

Hundreds of people gathered on Monday to commemorate their losses at a 19th-century tower in Kathmandu within monthly anniversary of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which killed more than 8,600 people and injured nearly 16,800 others on April 25 and the following tremor on May 12.

The massive earthquake destroyed nearly half a million houses and left many problems such as the need for food, clean water and shelter and that experts emphasise the importance of transmitting help before monsoon rains arrive next month.

Despite the bad conditions officials announced on Monday that thousands of villagers have returned their homes who live in mountainous part of the Nepal.

Not only buildings and offices but also ancient temples and sites  were destroyed due to the massive earthquake. Education also has taken a major blow as schools have remained closed.   

"We are still staying in a plastic shelter," said Kathmandu market trader Maya Devi.   

"We are still scared and worried and we are not even sure how many more months this will continue," she added.    

Nepali residents stand 56 seconds of silence to remember victims of the earthquake in Kathmandu at 11:56  after the national anthem played.

Attendees of the ceremony said that after the twin earthquakes, they lost their offices and their homes.

An heart breaking news came from Qatar, more than 400,000 labourers who are working in  2022 World Cup construction projects could not take a special permission to attend monthly ceremony in Nepal. Kathmandu strongly criticised the FIFA, the main governing body of soccer, for the conditions of the workers.     

“After the earthquake of 25 April, we requested all companies in Qatar to give their Nepalese workers special leave and pay for their airfare home,” Tek Bahadur Gurung, Nepal’s labour minister, said.

“They have lost relatives and their homes and are enduring very difficult conditions in Qatar. This is adding to their suffering,” he also added.

Last month Qatar’s Labour Minister, Abdullah bin Saleh al Khulaifi, had visited Kathmandu to hire more Nepalese workers to complete projects in time for 2022.

TRTWorld and agencies