Earthquake in Nepal – Saturday April 25

Devastating news from Nepal with over 1000 deaths reported and counting.  My thoughts and prayers are with all my friends there.

The Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Bhainsepati looks to be OK.  No casualties there and patients and staff are sleeping outside in tents tonight given the continuing aftershocks.

Other friends in the Kathmandu Valley are also OK, I am so grateful.  But I still have to hear from a few in Bhaktapur where there has been much damage to buildings, and to hear from climber friends who are on Everest currently.  Reports say there are continuing avalanches on Pumori and Everest and the icefall (route from base camp to Camp 1) is badly damaged making it difficult to get down the mountain.  Please God they are OK.

I am getting reports from friends on the ground in Kathmandu and the Banepa area that there has been significant damages to buildings and to the infrastructure (which was not great to begin with).  Potable water and access to food will be a big issue over the coming days.  The hospitals are inundated with casualties.  The death toll continues to rise.  A state of emergency has been announced.  Nepal will need all the help they can get.

As expected from the wonderful Nepalese people, they are joining hands to help one another.  I am hearing reports of people clearing away fallen buildings with their bare hands and I see on facebook there is a call out for medical staff, engineers etc to gather and mobilize support teams to help with the relief. Over 400 have signed up in the space of half an hour!  And the number is climbing.

Teams of people are preparing food to keep the police, casualties and volunteers watered and fed across the city of Kathmandu.  Wish I could be there to help.

The mobile network seems to be working and Nepal Telecom are allowing free calls on their network so people can connect with family and friends.  Kudos to Nepal Telecom!

Dr Raju (doctor at SIRC currently furthering his education in Dhaka) is co-ordinating many SCI experts from around the world to come to Nepal.  So supportive.

  • Peter & Claire are updating SpiNepal.
  • BBC is regularly updating their report – check it out here.

More later.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Earthquake in Nepal – Saturday April 25

  1. renu says:

    Appreciate the update Kate. Sending love and light to all. om namah shivaya

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