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Nepal Earthquake: in pictures

Our photographer Prashanth Vishwanathan was one of the first to arrive in Kathmandu after Nepal's worst earthquake for 80 years. He's part of our emergency response team, delivering aid on the ground to survivors. Here he tells the stories behind his photos.

Adimaya Tamang breaks down as she sees the remains of her home in Phalame village, destroyed by Nepal's earthquake
Adimaya Tamang breaks down as she sees the remains of her home in Phalame village, destroyed by Nepal's earthquake

The photo above is of 40-year-old Adimaya. She'd just made it back to her home in Phalame village in the Khatmandu valley to find it completely destroyed by the earthquake and all her livestock dead. A single mother with two children, the house and her livestock were her only support system. She told me, "The only thing left in this world for me is this piece of cloth I am wearing."

Searching for survivors after the quake

Here in the city of Buaktapur, 8km from Kathmandu, the army are searching for survivors, Two days after the quake, the chance of finding any is slim.

In Kathmandu, almost every street is filled with rubble and bricks. Around every corner, historical temples have been destroyed, or stand amidst the ruins of other buildings.

I have covered the Bihar floods and Cyclone Phailin, both massive disasters. The basic difference here is the scale of destruction. 

Children are playing in the rubble

Since the earthquake struck, 1.3 million children need humanitarian assistance.

Six-year-old Gungun (top left in this photo), has been living in a van with her family since Saturday's earthquake. She told me she managed to run down six flights of stairs before her house collapsed.

Aid is arriving but water is scarce in Kathmandu

Aid deliveries are getting through to Kathmandu, bringing much-needed clean water to the families who lost their homes in the capital. Now people are queuing for hours to fill water containers.

ActionAid's ground work in the past has led them to be more trusted by the local community. A local committee is formed in the community and they distribute the relief as and when required. A list of all the relief material provided is prepared and put up in the camps for maximum transparency. 

Thousands of people are living out in the open

Since the earthquake struck, about 56,000 people have been living outside in the grounds of the Tudikhel near Darbar Square in Kathmandu. It was as if the whole city had arrived to camp,

Water sanitation and health are the main concerns of people here.

These two boys are carrying a water container back to their families who are living near Darbar Square in Kathmandu.

Aftershocks from the earthquake only stopped yesterday, and many people are displaced in informal camps - but children are still being children.

The story that affected me the most

In this photo 72-year-old Sundaya Tamang is whispering to her cow Lakshmi as she lies buried in her cowshed unable to be rescued. 

"She (Lakshmi) use to give my household seven litres of milk, she was our sustenance."

Sundaya and her family have lost three houses to this earthquake. ActionAid was the only agency to reach with aid to the remote village of Phalame in the district of Khabre in Nepal. All 150 houses have been levelled in this quake. A local told me "no one has come here, no news channel, no government and no NGO - you are the only one."

Nepal Earthquake 2015

See more photos and updates from our emergency response as they happen on our live blog.

How you can help

ActionAid is Nepal right now delivering emergency aid to earthquake survivors. We've already reached thousands of people - but thousands more are desperate for our help.

 

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