12-months ago I was travelling in Nepal. I found the country to be beyond beautiful, the people hospitable, kind and, without question, some of the nicest I have ever met. They were always welcoming to me and my fellow travelling companions at every point during our time in their country. On Saturday, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal with it's epicentre being in the Gorkha district causing immense destruction, loss of life and total displacement. It was then followed by many ferocious aftershocks that were reportedly measured at an astonishing 6.7 on the richter scale, this is larger then some recorded earthquakes in other parts of the World. A BBC Correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, who was caught up in one of the aftershocks whilst filming a report in the aftermath of the earthquake described it as: "a wave reverberating in the ground" [View Clip]. The report is enough to bring shivers down your spine. On top of this, footage has emerged from climbers who were attempting Mt. Everest of a huge avalanche triggered by the earthquake. This avalanche has since been reported to have been like a 50 foot wave of snow and ice flattening base camp and burying everything and everyone in it's way [View Clip].
The death toll is well over 5000 people already with the Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, expecting this figure to be in excess of 10,000 people and that is without the many millions who have been left injured. It is a humanitarian crisis that is made even worse by the fact that Nepal is a poor country. A disaster like this would test even the richest countries in the World. The images that are currently circulating the news are many of the places that I found myself in only 12-months ago. It brings a tear to my eye seeing the destruction mother nature can cause.
But we can help, the UK government has pledged £5 million of emergency relief to the country with aid on it's way. But, we as individuals, can help by pledging money to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) who are an umbrella company of 13 leading UK aid agencies working on the ground to help the Nepali folks deal with the aftermath of this horrendous disaster. Your money, no matter how small, will go along way to help these people in need. I have donated today via the following website, please find it in your heart to do the same:
In times of emergency, borders should not matter, differences put aside and the World should come together to form one humanity and to help our fellow citizens of the World.