30th April 2015, Sindhupal Chowk District, Nepal. Man Bahadur Bharati (87) in Bharatigaun village, Sindhupal Chowk District, on the 30th April 2015.
He lived through the last major earthquake to hit Nepal 81 years ago in 1934. He was interviewed about the men from the village going overseas to work and said the village had changed for the better in the last 20 yrs, but now everything is at risk again. He said men started leaving to work overseas 10-12 yrs ago. "The fields are barren, but the money is here." He said it would be good if families could stay together.
Sindhupalchowk District has seen around 2100 deaths as of 3rd May 2015 which is nearly a third of all fatalities recorded in Nepal from the earthquake with magnitude 7.8 that occurred near Lamjung, Nepal, 50 miles northeast of the capital Kathmandu at 06:11:26 UTC on Apr 25, 2015. The capital has seen considerable devastation including the nine-story Dharahara Tower, one of Kathmandu's landmarks built by Nepal's royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a UNESCO-recognised historical monument. It was reduced to rubble and there were reports of people trapped. Portions of historic buildings in the World Heritage gazetted site of Patan have also been destroyed as well as many buildings in the old city.
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