Zooming into Nepal: A Closer Look
Nepal is sandwiched between Tibet to the north and India to the south. Nepal is 500 miles in length and the width varies from 56 to 143 miles. The highest mountain in the world is in Nepal, Mt Everest, measuring 29,029 feet. Eight of the world’s ten highest peaks are in Nepal. There are valleys and ‘lowlands’ with 40% of the land between 200 to 3,300 feet above sea level.
Approximately 29 million people populate Nepal. The 2001 census identified ninety-two living languages, as well as one hundred and three distinct caste and ethnic groups.
Kathmandu is home to 2.5 million people, 2013, growing at 4% a year. The city measures in at 19.9 square miles. New Orleans is 350.2 square miles, with a population of 378,715 according to the 2013 Census.
What cannot be measured or counted in Nepal is the heart and soul of its people.
Let me introduce you to one of them. This is Lakpa, our dear friend Tsering’s niece. She, like Tsering, was born in a mountain village. She has been living in Kathmandu for a while, studying and working. When the earthquake hit, she was sharing an apartment near Boudha with her three sisters and her mother. Her sisters and mother are now in Darjeeling. Here are pictures of where Lakpa lives now in order to keep her job in Kathmandu. She is an accountant for a construction company, which I am sure is very hard at work.
“I am staying with office’s guard’s family. They are very helpful. My tent is near my office, but sometimes there is a problem of big wind, mosquito, and rain. All people facing same problem.”
“My friends are with me now because their houses are damaged in their village. Their family is staying under a tent, but they do not have enough food to eat. Their house is in Dolakha district. Most of the earthquake center is from that district. Some organization is providing food and clothes for them, but it is not sufficient for them.”
“My friends are doing puja for untimely death. Sainted being at Sindupalcho District, Nepal. This place is totally destroyed by earthquake and they are doing puja for peace”
Monsoon season begins in June, which means it has begun. The areas hit hard in the remote mountain regions are extremely vulnerable to landslides and flooding. Flooding has already occurred in Myagdi, causing more evacuations.
For more details about the dire situation in Nepal and the fact that the flow of aid money is slowing down only one month after the first earthquake, click on this site: http://www.humanosphere.org/world-politics/2015/05/post-quake-funds-for-nepal-drying-up/
There will be a New Orleans Nepal Aid FUNdraising event on July 8, in City Park! Save the date! There will be an auction with a real live auctioneer, the well known late night talk show host, John Calhoun, The Goodnight Show! If you have anything you would like to offer for the auction, contact us here at Tibetan House.
For information about effects of the earthquake in Tibet, click on this site: http://www.voatibetanenglish.com/content/article/2794215.html