Friday, 29 May 2015

Earthquake Diary, Nepal Earthquake, Sunday 26th April 2015

Fear of the unknown...

Sunday morning dawns and undoubtedly the horror story that is Nepal Earthquake 2015 will start to unfold as TV coverage go's into overdrive. Right now the world is focused on Kathmandu and local News Chanel's have no qualms showing dead bodies, dead children being pulled from rubble, the grief is immeasurable - I have to turn it off.

Pokhara has escaped unscathed with the exception of a few cracked structures. Thankfully the place, especially the tourist hot spot of Lakeside is relatively new with construction of better standard. It's certainly the safest place to be right now.

The fear of the unknown quantity - when, where and how big is the question on everyone's mind. A question even the experts don't have an answer to but they tell us to expect aftershocks and possibly more quakes in the days to come.

Life around here is adapting to the situation. Traders are still trading but with a degree of caution but others remain closed. Caf├ęs are running a skeleton service - rice, vegetable curry and tea, eat it fast! In between meals families are congregating on the grazing meadow where a tented village has sprung up. People are frightened, they may not show it but there is a real sense fear among the community around here.

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