As been stated in the report of Channel News Asia, A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday (Apr 25) has left much of the capital and surrounding districts in tatters. Four days after disaster struck, search and rescue teams are trying to reach remote communities devastated by the earthquake, which has killed more than 5,000 people.
It is said that Channel NewsAsia took a first-hand look at ground zero of the quake and saw houses barely standing and entire apartment buildings on their side. Soundman Anand Krishna said a few residents were still visibly shaken by the destruction.
What’s sad here is that some people had returned to what was left of their homes to pick up blankets and water. Otherwise, many were living under hastily erected tarpaulin tents. Nepali army personnel take a break. Hundreds of them have been working tirelessly since the earthquake struck, to make sure survivors are well-fed and have clean water.
It is sad to say but aside from the scale of the devastation, it was the sight of those who did not make it that left the deepest impression. Channel NewsAsia's correspondent Steve Clark described the scene after three bodies were discovered:
"A call went out for body bags and my crew and I happened to be in the area with Singapore's Corporate Citizens Foundation. Their 2-man team had body bags with them in our Armed Police Force jeep.”
A crowd had gathered and a line put up for none to cross. It may as well not have been there at all. The recovery team turned the first body over to check pockets for identification and also recovered a mobile phone.
We should all extend our prayers to our brothers and sisters in Nepal.
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