The earthquake in 2015 caused the boundary of the Indian and Asian plate to shift 3 meters, as a result, there are fears the next earthquake will be more deadly. Earthquake-resistant homes must be built.
Much of the structural damage caused by the earthquake 2 years ago could have avoided and yet the number of fatalities could have been far greater. It took place on a Saturday afternoon, Saturday is the only day off in Nepal, which allowed families to be at home, and indoors. The dangerously constructed urban settlements across Nepal meant that areas far away from the epicentre, like Pokhara, suffered damage. The continued incompetence to rebuild homes in line with earthquake resistant specifications will be even more deadly than in 2015. The scientific community are certain there will be a second earthquake and it will be stronger than the previous 7.8 Magnitude because it caused the fault at the boundary of the Indian and Asian plate to shift 3 meters.
It has been nearly 2 years since the Bahattri’s family home was destroyed in the series of earthquakes that killed nearly 9000 people in Nepal in April and May of 2015. Their home is only being rebuilt by their own labour (3 generations worth) and what little savings they have. They are unable to wait any longer. The $4.1 Billion raised for Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake tagged for families like the Bahattris and 770,000 other households is nowhere to be seen. Political dysfunction, successive governments with an average lifespan of around 9 months and corruption has resulted in the International community pleading with the government to spend and distribute the aid.
The people of Nepal have been left exposed. On conservative estimates, the earthquake destroyed 770,000 homes, 900 health facilities and 8,300 schools. In Kathmandu, the densely populated and fragile capital, which suffered high levels of damage, aid is nowhere to be seen. Those who are able to rebuild their homes cannot afford to build safely or within earthquake-resistant specifications. Nevertheless, they have grown tired of waiting on empty promises, they have been left with no choice because of the dereliction of duty by their government.
The Gurkhas have been an British army institution for 200 hundred years, the Gurkha Welfare Trust raised millions for the earthquake relief fund and celebrated their 200 year anniversary in Pokhara on February 25 2017.
Family members and loved ones attend the festivities
Deep bond of love between the ruling British class and citizens of the third poorest country in world
The Gurkhas formation is firmly rooted in Britain’s colonial and imperialist past but taking that history with them it has progressed to symbolise a bond between between two communities. Gurkhas form a bond with one another that transcends their history into one of trust, love and understanding.
The first sunlight at dawn reaches the summit of Annapurna South