Stories: Disaster

  • After 33 Years Away, a Sudden Shaking in Nepal

    I had never been in a hotel room that rolled and shook and seemed to spin in a circle. But that’s what my fourth floor room at the Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu was doing just before noon on the last Saturday in April.   I stood helplessly on the hardwood floor. In past years, I had...

  • Wounded Nepalis Stream Into Kathmandu, Overwhelming Hospitals

    At Model Hospital in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, two dozen patients are crowded into what would normally be the first floor reception area. Nurses are racing about. Patients lying on worn, dirty mats on the floor are hooked up to IVs. One man, Loknatch Subedi, is sprawled out on a stretcher, his feet bandaged, one leg propped up on an...

  • In Nepal, Quake Survivors’ Suffering Continues

    On the floor of the Kathmandu Model Hospital, in what used to be the facility’s lobby and waiting room, lies an 18-year-old man. His left leg, encased in blue casting materials, is raised, and his father sits nearby. He was in Bhangal, a village about 10 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, when the first earthquake made the ground move. &ldquo...

  • Death Toll Continues to Rise After Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal

    ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Shelter, food and water - basic necessities are the immediate need in Nepal three days after the worst earthquake that country has seen in 80 years. The death toll is now above 4,000, and that number is expected to rise significantly. Today, a State Department spokesman said at least four Americans have died. All of them were in the...

  • Grief, Anxiety, Fear Linger In Kathmandu

    Relatives stand next to the burning pyre of a family member at a cremation ground after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 27, 2015. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters On an ordinary day at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most cherished of Hindu gathering places in Nepal, perhaps 40 people are typically cremated. But in the three days since a devastating 7.8 magnitude...

  • What Nepal’s Earthquake Felt Like From a Hotel in Kathmandu

    At 11:58 a.m., I glanced at the clock in the lobby of the Yak & Yeti Hotel in the Durbar Marg neighborhood of the Nepalese capital. I walked toward the elevator, and the floor rolled in front of me. I felt like a small boat tossed by enormous waves. People look at the debris of one of the oldest...

  • Nepal Quake: More Than 1,000 People Dead After Tremor Near Kathmandu

    More than 1,000 people have been killed after a major earthquake hit Nepal, toppling buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, and triggering avalanches in the Himalayas. Nepalese police said the death toll in the Himalayan kingdom had risen to 1,130, while 34 fatalities were reported in northern India and one in Bangladesh. Most of the Nepalese fatalities are from the Kathmandu Valley, where 634 people...

  • Dol House

    Tuesday 12th January 2010 began like all other weekdays in the Dol household. The children, all in their teens, woke at 5.30 am and in the half sleep readied themselves quietly and left for school in the truck. By the time they reached the main road at the bottom of the steep hill, they were wide awake. Much later, Rea and her...