My tight-knit community of around 7,000 is also hit hard by this earthquake. The United States Geological Survey reported that a scale of 7.9 magnitude earthquake wrecked Kathmandu valley, the capital city of Nepal. The epicenter was only 35 kilometers, the east of Lamjung, Nepal. At this point, the Nepal Government has confirmed more than 1500 death toll and this number could rise since the search and rescue operation is still underway. Tremors have been felt more than 65 times within these past 8 hours.
I am very thankful to God that my dear mother was able to escape with a sprained arm from this fateful day. She received a minor injury to her hand after a flying brick hit her hand while she was running away for safety. Many were not fortunate enough to make it to the safe place. I just heard from my brother-in-law that a man who I know lost his son and his wife barely survived. He was busy all day helping people to get to the hospitals on his motorbike. Houses and historical monuments collapsed. Some are utterly flattened to the ground. The entire community is evacuated and now sheltering at the open field in the make-do tents.
“I can’t even cry after witnessing what had just happened to our people.”
I also talked to a friend who is providing security to those shelters and the abandoned houses from being plundered. As it is reported that houses in other areas have been looted. I have nothing but respect for my friends and others who voluntarily offered themselves to guard those houses safe and keep immoral and inhumane thugs at the bay. The total depravity of human heart is evidently there for us to see and know the need of a Savior!
I can’t even imagine what people are going through right now. As my friend said, “I can’t even cry after witnessing what had just happened to our people.” That is true which is beyond my comprehension. I have never witnessed such a horror with my naked eyes other than watching it unfolding in videos or pictures. One thing I know for sure is that we are hurt and suffering now. We need each other as we come together to grieve for the loss of our beloved ones. This is not the time to post your apocalyptic or prophetic verses with tragic pictures on the social media. Nor is the time to merely post RIP acronyms throughout the web. Regardless of our belief, we ought to come up with the term to grieve together as a nation and console each other. It is a time for us to demonstrate our love for each other in action.