17cNote: This is the second installment from our friend Sarita Niroula, managing director of Kumudini Media Home, a reporter who is on the ground in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25.

According to the Ministry of Home Affair, nearly 8,000 Nepali citizens have died after the earthquake hit on April 25. Since then, we’ve felt 151 aftershocks. Rescue workers are still searching for the deceased, and today about 15,000 people have been recorded as injured and in need of immediate medical help.

As for buildings and homes, the government has classified 200,552 buildings and houses as needing to be demolished. In the meantime, so many are trying to find shelter; tents are scarce.

The Sindupalanchok district remains hardest hit. People are deprived of basic needs and are experiencing so much difficulty without shelter, food and clothing. There are many sparse communities in the rural areas in the rough mountain terrain where international agencies and local government still haven’t reached.

So many are living with little food and water, with deceased relatives and ruined homes nearby, eagerly waiting aid and refuge. Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Sushil Koirala, along with opposite parliament members leader that reached Sindupalachok headquarters, also found the area in critical need.

Our people are deprived of basic survival needs and are eagerly waiting for the aids and rescue workers to care for them.