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The message below and photographs are from Yadav Joshi, one of seven HIFA Country Representatives in Nepal. We have news that three other Country Representatives are safe, and await news from others and from 116 HIFA members in Nepal. Our thoughts are with them and all who have been affected by this disaster. Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator
“Actually, the most beautiful in this world is nature and most devastating is also nature itself. Some of the natural disaster are unpredictable and life-threatening. When we see the beauty of nature, we forget ourselves on the other hand when we suffer from disasters we only think first to ours.
“It is a miserable event of 25th April, 2015, Saturday afternoon, the earthquake of 7.9 Richter scale went in the Himalayan nation Nepal with an epicenter in Lamjung district and after that up to 27 April 2015, there were about 68 earthquakes of smaller and larger magnitudes occurred frequently. More than 26 districts were affected adversely and the highest affected is Kathmandu valley.
“Kathmandu valley is capital city of Nepal. It is politically made of from three districts: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. It is famous of its world heritage sites, monuments and traditional cultures. Currently about 4 million peoples live there. Due to earthquake, most of the monuments are damaged, roads are crumbled, houses damaged etc. even after 48 hours of the events, the people are living under tents in open places. They have horror of repeat of quake.
“Thousands have lost their lives and over thousands are wounded severely. Most of people died in Everest base camp from avalanches. All spaces of hospitals are occupied and treatment is going on everywhere even on the road and in open places. The work of mass funeral is continued.
“Government has appealed to all nationally and internationally for support to reduce the number of casualties. Its difficult to get a detail news from outside of valley but the situation is also not good there too as we can predict there were many earthquakes with different epicenters.
“I would like to request to all the concerned authorities and health professionals of Nepal for creating a pressure to develop the models and early warnings system (EWSs) of the country. Eg if we have models & EWSs for malaria, Kala azar, dengue, flu, and other seasonal outbreaks then we can save the many lives beforehand. If someone need my help in this regards I would be glad to contribute from my side for the nation.
“Since the occurrence of event I have been getting message from my foreign friends about the condition of my family, relatives and friends in Nepal. I would like thanks to all my foreign friends for making contact and empathy to me and Nepal. I would like extend my sincere to thanks to governments of India, China, Pakistan, USA, UK, Norway, Finland, UAE, Qatar, Canada, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore etc. and NGOs and INGOs for providing aid and sending rescue teams to Nepal. In this condition whether smaller and larger, every positive action is considered as support.
“Disaster never discriminate race, region, religion, status of a country and people. Anyway, ” disaster is disaster”. No matter wherever you are, I would like to request to all friends of the world for praying to Nepalese people.
“Last but not the least, I express my heartfelt condolence to the persons who lost their untimely lives and wish for survivors,may the victims recover from disaster soon and get ready to continue their normal life as usual.”
Thank you very much
Yadav P. Joshi, MSc, MA
PhD Candidate in Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, Sungkyunkawn University, Suwon, S. Korea ( www.skku.edu)
Steering Committee Member SNRN ISEE (www.isee.org)
Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, Italy (www.jidc.org)
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