Shattered Lives: Nepal Earthquake

Men run past a collapsed building in Basantapur in central Kathmandu during an aftershock on 25 April 2015. Nepal was struck by a 7.8 earthquake that destroyed historic buildings and crucial infrastructure.
Men run past a collapsed building in Basantapur in central Kathmandu during an aftershock (Juliette Rousselot/IRIN )

On 25 April 2015, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal’s mountainous Gorkha District. This was followed by a magnitude-7.3 earthquake in May.

 

Together, the earthquakes and aftershocks killed thousands across the country and devastated large parts of the capital, Kathmandu. International aid and relief teams descended on Nepal, but the process of rebuilding shattered lives is expected to last years.

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