The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal between the two major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara yesterday morning caused untold damages to the infrastructure of Nepal. Thousands of homes, offices, and public buildings collapsed in the tremor, crushing and trapping people inside them. So far, the death toll has surpassed 2,300 people, including dozens who died in neighbouring India and Tibet.
The people of Nepal, who are used to hardship and uncertainties, were shocked by the enormity of the devastation. However, quite remarkably, the common folks are undertaking courageous and heroic feats in helping other survivors – digging them out of rubbles, getting them medical attention, feeding the homeless – in short, saving lives!
We truly salute the ordinary folks for their selflessness and humanitarian spirit! It is, quite sadly, in times like these, that we often witness ordinary people turn into extraordinary heroes.
Let us continue to pray for the victims of this tragedy, and wish that all who are injured receive proper medical care. May those that are missing be safely found. May all beings be free from harm and danger. To the people of Nepal, stay strong! We are with you.