In the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has killed more than 3,600 people, hundreds of thousands of survivors escaped the rubble and set up camp on open grounds.
Sleeping in makeshift tents and rationing food and water, the Nepalese continue to suffer harsh conditions. Still, many fear returning home in case of future aftershocks.
The photos of these “tent cities,” sprawled across the region, are unbelievable.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press and Pamela Engel.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal have made camp away from the rubble following a devastating earthquake over the weekend.
Many Nepalese find themselves in communities of makeshift shelters, called tent cities, that are springing up across the country. Local parks, army bases, and old parade grounds have been completely transformed.
Saturday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake was the worst the country had seen in 80 years. It swept through the capital region and killed more than 3,600. The following day, a 6.7-magnitude tremor, just 40 miles east of Kathmandu, sent people sprinting to open ground.
Many residents of the capital lost their homes in the series of quakes. Others fear returning home, in case they're caught inside during another powerful aftershock.
The tents offer some protection from the elements, but not much. Rain, wind, and thunderstorms hampered rescue efforts over the weekend.
Food, water, and medicinal supplies grow more scarce everyday. Reporters who visit the tent cities describe the mood as 'grim.'
Many refugees fear their governments have abandoned them, as the authorities struggle to keep up with the humanitarian demands.
While conditions in the tent cities deteriorate rapidly, many cannot leave. They have no where else to go.
'I am scared, I cannot go back to my flat,' 43-year-old Niranjan Mishra told The Independent. 'People are saying the earthquake will occur again.'
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