A few days after the April 25th 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, it was becoming clear the extent of the damage was far worse outside the capital of Kathmandu. Remote villages had been reported flattened and rural districts had no aid, no help. The Sindupalchowk district is home to about 350,000 people housed in approximately 66,000 homes. The earthquake damaged or completely destroyed 90% of the homes. An estimated 3,438 people lost their lives in this district alone.
Almost 4 months after the Nepal earthquake there are still aftershocks sending fear into the survivors and creating landslides that present new problems. Roads can often be blocked for days making it difficult for villagers to get the supplies they need back to their families.
The monsoons are now in full swing and families are living in temporary tin shelters with piles of debris sitting where homes once stood. It serves as a daily reminder of the devastation and loss. Clean water supplies have been cut off in some areas because of the unpredictable and dangerous landslides. In the remote Thuathali village power has been out since the earthquake.
The Sindupalchowk district is facing the monumental task of cleaning and rebuilding mostly on their own until more aid can reach them. In the solitude of the breathtaking mountainscape the strength and determination of the villagers is echoed throughout.