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Thomas Kelly Photo Essay: Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

“Photographer Thomas Kelly, has been actively photographing the aftermath of the massive Earthquake that rattled Nepal on 25th of April 2015. Many of Kathmandu valley’s most historically important buildings and medieval houses were destroyed in the deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, April 25th, 2015, killing more than 10,000 people and leaving millions of them injured.

Collapsed tower at Swayambhunath Budhsit stupa.

Collapsed tower at Swayambhunath Budhsit stuppa.

 

Rescuers dig through the rubble at Patan Durbar Square

Rescuers dig through the rubble at Patan Durbar Square

Nepal has been struggling to cope with the aftermath. Tens of thousands of people all over Nepal have been forced to live and sleep outside for fear of further aftershocks following the initial massive earthquake and the series of aftershocks, some also over 7.0 scale, that have followed.

Both machines and human hands are used to excavate to clear the rubble while looking for survivors or the dead bodies at the site of a collapsed temple and houses in Kathmandu Valley.

Overview of wrecked Basantapur Durbar Square. Nepal lost all of Her precious and historical monuments to earthquake.

Overview of wrecked Basantapur Durbar Square. Nepal lost all of Her precious and historical monuments to earthquake.

Houses have fallen down but people are standing tall. Newar Community of Lele Village helping one another rebuilding houses and restoring lives they lost to cruel earthquake on 25th of April, 2015. Lele Village, 16 Kms from Patan. Nepal.

Houses have fallen down but people are standing tall. Newar Community of Lele Village helping one another rebuilding houses and restoring lives they lost to cruel earthquake on 25th of April, 2015. Lele Village, 16 Kms from Patan. Nepal.

Government, NGOs and personal level helps are reaching remote areas. Nepal Army and Armed Police Force with the help of rescuing teams from several countries like China, India, Israel, America etc, are still in process of rescuing people from remote areas and distributing aids by helicopter, where access by motorable road are not possible.

Not only for humans but animals are being attended and rescued too. World Vets International with Humane Society International have already visited villages like Lele and Gondikhel, right outside of Kathmandu with animal rescue mission.

Houses have fallen down but people are standing tall. Newar Community of Lele Village helping one another rebuilding houses and restoring lives they lost to cruel earthquake on 25th of April, 2015. Lele Village, 16 Kms from Patan. Nepal.

Houses have fallen down but people are standing tall. Newar Community of Lele Village helping one another rebuilding houses and restoring lives they lost to cruel earthquake on 25th of April, 2015. Lele Village, 16 Kms from Patan. Nepal.

Demolished mud masonary houses in Sindhpalchok. Melamchi, May 1: Sindhupalchowk, the district suffering worst in the earthquake, has updated the death toll at 1,820.

Demolished mud masonary houses in Sindhpalchok. Melamchi, May 1: Sindhupalchowk, the district suffering worst in the earthquake, has updated the death toll at 1,820.

Piled up wooden struts of temples at Basantapur Durbar Square, that collapsed during the earthquake. All the 3 durbar Squares of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu were built during Malla Regime (1201–1769) Nepal lost all of Her precious and historical monuments to earthquake.

Piled up wooden struts of temples at Basantapur Durbar Square, that collapsed during the earthquake. All the 3 durbar Squares of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu were built during Malla Regime (1201–1769) Nepal lost all of Her precious and historical monuments to earthquake.

Waiting in silence. Nepalese left their homes and rest together in down town Asontole neighborhood.

Waiting in silence. Nepalese left their homes and rest together in down town Asontole neighborhood.

Friends reunited in the aftermath of Kastamandap temple collapse where 30 people were crushed including one foreigner.

Friends reunited in the aftermath of Kastamandap temple collapse where 30 people were crushed including one foreigner.

Tears have dried. Back to back breaking work in rural areas to survive. Some of them have given up waiting for Aid and have started making houses on their own. Farmers have returned to field. Employees have returned to offices. Of course going back to before quake is difficult but people have understood the reality. Hopefully, everything that fell apart will go back to its former places.”

by Nikki Thapa

*Thomas Kelly, with a prestigious career in fine art and reportage photography in Asia over the last decades, is our newest member of Dharma Eye.
We will be launching his first galleries by May 23rd, with more to follow in June.

He has lived in Kathmandu, with his wife the anthropologist Carroll Dunham and his two sons, for 30 years now.

Dharma Eye is running a special campaign this month with 50% of all sales through our website this month going directly to support the Chogyur Lingpa Foundation to aid Phakchok Rinpoche’s relief efforts.  To see more:

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Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal.
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal.
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal
Massive Earthquake Rattled Nepal