30 Apr 2015

Nepal quake: survivors left alone to rebuild their lives

Survivors from a devastating earthquake in Nepal attempt to rebuild their lives, where so many villages have been destroyed. Photo-journalist Raul Gallego Abellan captures their struggles in pictures.

(Photograph credit Raul Gallego Abellan)

After five days of living in tents under the open skies, people are slowly returning to their homes.

The earthquake that devastated Nepal is believed to have killed more than 5,500 people, and left a reported 80 per cent of homes in rural areas in ruins.

Among the destruction, Bhimtar was one of many villages completely levelled by the earthquake.

(Photograph credit Raul Gallego Abellan)

Locals have attempted to recover their belongings as many areas are yet to receive any assistance from government or foreign relief agencies.

Those affected tell Channel 4 News photo-journalist Raul Gallego Abellan that aid delivery has been slow.

One Nepali villager, who has lost his house, asks: “Where is the aid? The government has almost not helped at all.”

(Photograph credit Raul Gallego Abellan)

The village, reported to have been destroyed, is surrounded by deaths, and there is a growing food shortage.

One child survivor was seen standing on rubble of what was once his home.

(Photograph credit Raul Gallego Abellan)

Read Jonathan Miller's blog from Bhimtar: broken villages awash with memories