Nepal Stands Strong
On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, claiming over 8000 lives and injuring thousands of others. My colleagues and I at Nepali Times were having a company retreat at Hattiban Resorts when disaster struck.
The big one was said to hit Nepal every 70 to 80 years, with the last one in 1934. It was only a matter of time.
Once again, no one was prepared for this — not the buildings, not the people. For many nights, no one dared sleep in their houses, fearing it could collapse anytime without warning, as a result of the incessant aftershocks.
But deep down everyone knew: Nepal stands strong through adversity.
First Flight Out
Tourists from all over the world, who arrived in Nepal for a trip of a lifetime, found themselves scrambling to leave the country — uncertain about the next big jolt that could steal more lives.
For the locals who called Nepal their home, there was nowhere to run. For those like us, who had somewhere else to return to, we waited for the next flight out.
But for some, it already felt like we were home. Leaving our friends abruptly for a safe haven felt strange.
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