At about 11 am on Sunday, April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook the country of Nepal. According to the National Emergency Operation Center, 8,019 persons have died and 366 are still missing from the disaster that also injured 17,866 persons (May 10, 2015). It has also been reported that more than 10% of the country’s homes were destroyed (299,588) or damaged (269,107). The nation was devastated as buildings collapsed and lives were lost in the rubble. Families scrambled to search for their loved ones in remote villages, only to be faced by the extreme conditions of hills and poor road access; some only accessible by walking/trekking for several days. Conditions were very bad due to the poverty of the people and the limited capacity of the government
The City of Kathmandu sustained damages as old buildings were not built with reinforced columns. Electric wires are hanging while access to clean water is scarce. Food supplies quickly became scarce, causing people to leave the city within days after the earthquake. The country’s main economy, tourism, was negatively impacted as historic buildings went down and snow avalanches killed mountain climbers in the Himalayas.