The Young Chronicle: For Grade 3 May 16th, 2015 - Page 2

And the Earthquake Strikes Again in Nepal Nepal was struck by another earthquake this Tuesday on 12 May, 2015. Until now, 65 people have reportedly died and 1,962 people have been injured due to the earthquake Measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale. A second tremor measuring 6.3 hit Nepal again just after 30 minutes of the first quake. The tremors were also felt in parts of Northern India, Bihar, Patna, Siliguri, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Assam, causing panic and damage, leading to the death of at least 80 people. concerned authorities to be on alert for rescue and relief operations as required. The quake has caused severe landslides. Furthermore, some experts are now pointing to chances of increased landslides in the upcoming monsoon season. Furthermore, Nepal continues to be jolted by aftershocks causing serious damages to some villages and rocks and mud crashing down remote hillsides lined with roads and small hamlets. As Nepal is facing severe crisis, its people have been under panic and despair as this quake spreads more depression. People are still struggling with the devastation caused by the big earthquake just three weeks back which killed more than 8,000 people there. Just minutes after the earthquake, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took charge and called out to deploy rescue operations. He directed the What Problems is Nepal Facing Post the Earthquake? plumbing and wiring has gone for a toss. There is lack of sanitation and people are defecating in the open, causing bacteria to multiply. Many people feel that the tragedy and damage caused by the Earthquake lasts only for a few seconds and there after lives need to move on. However not many realize that post such mass scale disasters, a lot of diseases and epidemics can erupt. The damage isn’t limited to over 8,000 deaths and 16,000 injuries. People have lost homes. And those whose houses are still in tact are not sure about the foundation any more. More so, the The shortage of first aid and medicines is causing diseases to spread. Hospitals are full and people are cramping up to get aid as soon as possible. There is lack of clean drinking water and most of the food that is air dropped, gets wasted. Hunger causes people to eat this contaminated food. In fact there is information that cholera has already started spreading. This only goes to show, that when a disaster strikes, the problems only begin. While India prides itself in helping in the rescue operations, we need to realize that the first steps we undertook were limited to ferrying Indians back. Though airplanes are dropping off medicines, and food, the supply is fairly limited. Rescue teams haven’t yet reached remote areas which have been massively impacted. It’s only in such times that one realizes that everyone is equal in the eyes of god. There is no rich, no poor, and everyone is equally impacted by nature’s wrath.