Nepal Center for Contemporary Research

Earthquake devastation in Nepal

Currently, Nepal is at mourning from the 7.8 Richter Scale magnitude of the Earthquake. According to the Home Ministry as of May 5, 2015, so far 7557 people have died, 14536 wounded and still hundreds are disappeared through the earthquake and it’s aftershocks. Likewise a total of 191058 houses were completely destroyed and 175162 were partially damaged. A total of 10744 government buildings were flattened while 14741 were damaged partially as of May 2, 2015. There are also reported cases of 16000 schools being damaged and 8.1 million people needing assistance. 

So far, Kathmandu looks like almost a dead city (not much vehicles are moving, many people left Kathmandu and went back homes, many offices are not opened, markets and shops are largely closed). It is sad to see everywhere ruins and debris. The rich cultural heritages and UNESCO sites of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur as well as out of valley are totally damaged.

Though no casualty of staff of NCCR and their relatives, houses of many staff are partially or completely damaged. NCCR office is not hugely damage but observed small cracks. NCCR staff are not yet mentally ready to resume office and some of them are out of Kathmandu (they left after earthquake). In this situation, full functioning of the NCCR will take some more days.
Date: 2015 May 5