The earthquake in Nepal continues to weigh heavily on hearts around the world. Aid organizations are making Nepal their top priority — and one Canadian describes what it’s been like for locals.
“You have to imagine this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen…but you turn a corner, and all of a sudden you see a scene of utter devastation.”
World Vision Canada’s Michael Messenger arrived in Kathmandu — two days after the earthquake hit. He has been talking to locals about their experiences and what is left for their families.
“A man told us about the death of his daughter in law. She was eight months pregnant, she and the unborn baby were killed when the house collapsed. She was found huddled over their five year old daughter who did survive.”
Messenger says this is just one of the tragic stories out of a disaster that rattled the city to its core.
“There’s still dust in the air from the collapse the buildings and well as smoke from the funeral fires. For every one of the homes that has collapsed there’s a family now that’s left without a home. They are huddled under makeshift shelters in parking lots, parks, parade grounds on military bases.”
Messenger says the scope of devastation is enormous — as the death toll continues to climb towards six thousand.
-With files from Allison Tanner