Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tremors in Nepal annihilate the lives and dreams in a whisker

I begin here with a dream, with the best intention as to its realism, and if it fails, it will be owing to bad karma. Do you believe when thousands of people die in a single moment, it is a bad karma? Whose karma it is? Or is it really something we should look forward to find an answer? The land of Nepal is blazing now, with the tears of thousands of people, with immeasurable sufferings and broken dreams.

Everybody dreams of living in a peaceful place with a beautiful garden surrounding it, several miles of mountains and gentle streams flowing nearby. As I am writing this dream, there are several news surfacing in various media about the devastation happened in Nepal.  Dreams of people shattered, lives destroyed but who has seen the life, at least when it is near to death. This existence is so, so servile that I wonder this rational souls, human beings should running after things, so mean and detestable a prize, to be vanished in a whisker when nature just shrill a whistle once in a while.

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Rescue crew and people start their desperate search for survivors, even the lost ones after this massive 7.8 earthquake that shook the world. All we are now seeing are flattened homes, buildings, temples and reports saying more than 2000 people lost their lives. 

I am not there, in a way I am a fortunate person that I am sitting on my desk and writing, but I can’t overrule the horror of this devastation in my mind where I can imagine how people are desperately looking for their loved ones on the streets and squares covered in rubble. We witnessed the horror of 2013 Uttarakhand flood when I just returned to my home and torrent started, and within a few days everything changed so dramatically that when I think about those days, still a chill runs through my veins. Uttrakhand is my second home, I traveled length and breadth to that region, Nepal is not, but it is not difficult to understand the pain of people if you are a bit perceptive.

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The quake struck at 11:56 am on April 25, 2015, when I was standing outside my office with some colleagues, and suddenly everyone started to come out from the building. Initially we thought it was a mild quake, but soon news flooded about the devastation. According the United Nations office for the Corrdination of Humanitarian Affairs, around 4.6 million people in the region were exposed to tremors. The earthquake hit neighboring Tibet where road blocked, building collapsed and at least 13 people killed.

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The base camp at Mount Everest after an avalanche on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy AP)

How world sees it? And how we can contribute towards relief process?

Life can’t be undone, but at least we can help to create a sustainable platform for people who are suffering right now. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, The U.S has put forward his support by giving initial $1 million, while many charitable organizations have started mobilization process to collect fund for relief work.

The humanitarian organization World Vision has put their staff on the ground in Nepal, providing food, water and shelter to people.  Those who wish to donate to World Vision can visit their page and donate minimum of $10.

There are many other organizations have already started their relief work. International Medical Corp provides medical supplies and their staff helps people in crisis regions. To donate you just go to their website here.

Save the Children, the non-governmental charity organization specialized in children reform, has launched its response to save children and families in Nepal. To donate, you visit their Nepal Page.

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