Nepal: Tragedy in the Himalayas

Gentleman in Durbar Square, Nepal

Gentleman in Durbar Square, Nepal

My…heart…is…broken.  The devastation to the Himalayan nation of Nepal due to the 7.8 earthquake is just gut-wrenching.  As you know, my husband and I traveled there in the early 1990s.

This is one of the poorest countries in the world…but they live in one of the richest environments of any people on earth.

Kathmandu (aka Kasthamandap Mahanagar), the capital city, is an ancient metropolis.  Established nearly 2000 years ago, it is nestled in a valley in the Himalayas.  It stands at approximately 4,600 feet.  It also lies in the shadow of the world’s best known mountain, Mount Everest.

At this point, we do not know the exact number of dead and injured.  It is estimated to be in the thousands.  Continue reading