In the days following the devastating earthquake, Kishor Rana used his drone to capture footage to show the world the extent of the destruction.
On his Facebook, Rana wrote, “We not only lost many lives and homes but we lost many pieces of our cultural heritage, our history.
“These are the footages of all the ancient cultural heritage sites that were destroyed during the earthquake,” he wrote.
Rana has been contacted by multiple media organizations to use his footage. On his Facebook account he said that he’s donating the money generated from the footage to victims of the earthquake.
Ongoing Rescue Operations
Despite ongoing rescue efforts and help from the international community, aid workers still face “immense logistical challenges,” U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said Friday.
The U.N. has estimated the magnitude-7.8 quake that struck April 25 affected 8.1 million people—more than a fourth of Nepal’s population of 27.8 million.
More than 130,000 houses were destroyed in the quake, according to the U.N. humanitarian office. Near the epicenter, north of Kathmandu, whole villages are in ruins, and residents are in desperate need of temporary shelter against the cold and rain.
Isolated hamlets are still cut off because helicopters, which are in short supply anyway, can’t land in some mountainous areas, and many roads have been destroyed, said Amos, who flew over some of those places during a three-day visit.
“Of course we are worried that it is taking so long to get to people who desperately need aid. Some of those villages are virtually flattened. But it’s very, very hard to see how we’re going to get to them,” she said.
Some villagers might be able to walk to a place where the aid helicopters could land, but that would be of little help to those who are injured, she added.
Tents and tarpaulins are the most urgent need, but there’s also a demand for water, food, healthcare, and better sanitation. Debris must be removed, bodies recovered, and officials need to determine which buildings are too dangerous to enter, Amos said.
In the past 48 hours, the U.N. Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, has delivered nearly 30 metric tons of supplies, including tents, water purification tablets, and first aid and hygiene kits.
Nepal Information Minister Minedra Risal said 400,000 tents are needed immediately, but that the country has only been able to provide 29,000 thus far.
The Associated Press contributed to this report