A major earthquake struck Nepal at 11:56:55 NST on 25 April 2015 with a moment magnitude of 8.1Ms. It was the most powerful earthquake to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. Many thousands of people died as a result, with most casualties reported in Nepal, including on Mount Everest, and adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.

Within minutes of the earthquake, the Government of India, via the Indian Armed Forces, initiated Operation Maitri, a humanitarian mission with the primary objective of conducting relief and rescue operations in Nepal. Many countries and organizations have donated aid including the United Kingdom, which has been the largest bilateral aid contributor, China, and the United States, all of which provided or funded helicopters as requested by the Nepali government. Numerous charitable organizations, such as UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, ADRA, started delivering aid on the ground.

The situation stayed unstable for months after the earthquake as aftershocks would bring down remaining ruins on a daily basis and disable populations to move on. Another earthquake, or major aftershock struck Nepal on 12 May 2015.

I followed the ADRA team from day 3 post-earthquake, in photographic support of the communication team during their emergency response.


Nepal, April/May 2015