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    Earthquake in Nepal 2015

    Scariest days of my life and the small tremors are still ongoing (since the last 6 days). It all started from the noon of 25 April. The first shocker was of 7.8 magnitude (15km depth) and it kept on happening in regular intervals for around 2 hours 45 minutes. I went to pick up my sister from her friend's place right after it stopped.

    Thankfully, nothing happened to our house, except for the boundary walls (one side badly damaged). But that is not the case with the Heritage sites in Kathmandu, some hundreds of houses are damaged but sadly, some of the towns have been wiped out.

    We slept in open spaces the nearby ground (in tents) for 3 days. We kept on having the aftershocks (one was of 6.6) till the one at 3:00am this morning.

    Since I work in the Telecom sector, I have been going to office from the very next day of the first big earthquake, as it is very important to have network at this stage for all purposes (mainly for relief works as well). Right after we had finished the meeting and about the leave the meeting room, there was another earthquake of 6.7 magnitude - another scary moment. All these big earthquakes were not of few seconds but it last for seconds/minutes. In the first one, me and my family could hardly walk out of the house, as we kept on slipping here and there.

    Nepal is prone to earthquake but this big one was after decades and an unforgettable experience. I am glad that I am in Nepal at this stage together with my family.

    It is already a poor country and tourism is one of the main source of income for the country. Sadly, it will get affected for sure. Another sad part is that we might be getting tons of aids/donations/help from the rest of the world, but most of which will go to the pockets of the politicians/some of the so called UN/INGO/NGO, etc. itself. There has already been conspiracy theories and actual events going on: India taking this opportunity to spy on China border (while helping a lot with the relief works as well); German embassy trying to take a German prisoner (drug dealer) away from the police custody (he had been sentenced to some years in jail - the Germany embassy later on solved the matter saying that it was a "misunderstanding" - prisoner back to jail again); embarrassingly our Prime Minister (was in Indonesia at the time) got to know about the event after half an hour from the tweet of Indian PM; our government not accepting support (like that of the proposal of around 10-20 helicopters for rescue from Chinese government) despite not having enough of it; lots of interesting stories and lots of blame games at this time !!

    As we already knew before, Nepalese government and we Nepalese people were not prepared for this at all - despite knowing all this time that we are prone to earthquake. I hope all of us will learn a lesson from this and build this country.

    You can check the photos/videos in youtube so on but some of them can be seen below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwIw1-voHKQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5iX7NXLVBU

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/vid...undabout-video

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/vid...ndu-cctv-video


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    I'll admit you did cross my mind when I heard about the quake. Good to hear that you and your family got away relatively unscathed. My recommendation would probably be to be pretty damn careful going forward(stay away from old buildings especially ones made with of stone, bricks etc) as I was living in Christchurch during a big quake a few years ago and then the city went on to have over 10,000 aftershocks.
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    Hang tough Pravesh
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    Stay strong and keep praying with your family. We're all supporting you with prayers here.

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    Stay safe man, it was awful to watch all those videos.

    Also good to hear that your family is safe.
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    Thank God you're safe Pravesh

    tbh, you travelled and lived all over the world so much I thought you won't be affected by it. Stay strong buddy.

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    thank god nothing happened to you or your family.

    which ngo u think is most reliable?
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    Thanks guys. 2 years back, I returned to Nepal for good after 10 years and well, it had to be for the scariest moment of my life. Lets hope we bounce back from this.

    I am really not sure as to which NGO is reliable. The government is trying to divert all the funds coming to Nepal to their own Prime Minister Fund for "proper use". I am not sure sure on this topic but can let you know later on.

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    Pravesh, I never experienced these things directly but I have been to Aceh a few times after the 2004 tsunami and earthquake. And just like Nepal, Indonesia is also one of those countries where shady things take place.

    But Aceh was rebuild quite well. I'm sure that a lot of the donations went to the wrong places but the corrupts couldn't possibly take all of it. And that proved to be enough to rebuild the city quite decently.

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