2016 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 3rd prize

An Earthquake's Aftermath


Daniel Berehulak

The New York Times

05 May, 2015

Saainli Gurung is consoled by relatives and neighbors as she mourns the death of her son Pur Bahdur Gurung (26) in Barpak, Nepal. His body had been discovered earlier that day under a trail that led through the rubble of destroyed houses.

Just before noon on 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, followed by a series of severe aftershocks. More than 8,000 people were killed, and some 21,000 injured. Homes, buildings and temples were destroyed in the capital, but rural mountainous districts were hardest hit. Although relief teams arrived from around the world to assist, people in remote villages, rendered inaccessible by the quake, had initially to fend for themselves. Across the region some 2.8 million people were made homeless.

About the photographer

Daniel Berehulak

A native of Sydney, Australia, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, he has visited more than 60 countries covering history-shaping events, including the Iraq and Afgh...

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