With more than 4,000 people dead from Nepal’s worst earthquake since 1934, the tragedy will likely revive an ongoing debate over burial rituals.
Nepal’s minority Christians and Muslims favor burying their dead, while its majority Hindus prefer cremation. Plans to establish official cemeteries for Christians, who have tripled in number since the Hindu monarchy was abolished in 2006, have not resolved tensions [see below].
World Watch Monitor offers an in-depth report on the issues facing Nepalese Christians, including how a new constitution enshrining religious freedoms continues to be delayed.
( This text is published before the Earthquake disaster)
The Seventh Day Adventists tell:
The Assembly of God World Mission Churches:
UPDATE FROM AN AG CHURCH LEADER IN NEPAL – “Three AG churches in nearby districts are totally destroyed and several lives lost. Many village houses are turned into rubble. People in the city of Kathmandu are sleeping on the streets and in open spaces for safety, expecting more major earthquakes. My wife and I are spending the whole night in the car outside our house. We are uncertain about the future, just trusting the Lord for His care.”
Ther Church of Nepal:
500 Christians are fear dead, 200 alone in Dhadhing near Quake center, 100 in Kathmandu, and 200 in rest areas. Total dead bodies collected exceeded 4000. More then 50,000 in intensive care unit. Thousands awaiting rescue and help. Hundreds still missing in Everest avalanche. No water in shop, no food and vegetables since market is not open. Because of fear of more quake, people still are in open field in cold and rain with their little new born babies, difficult for children and elderly. People are starting to have flue, fever and cold. We will start to help others from tomorrow. Its Monday 9:37 PM. Just hitted by Quake again at 9:37 pm.
The Church of Christ in Kathmandu
The Nepal Church of Christ in Kathmandu was holding services when the earthquake hit, leaving five families homeless and injuring one member. “Mobile phones are still not active and public transportation is not available,” the church posted on Facebook, requesting that anyone with a bicycle check on other church members.
Another church in Kathmandu was just letting out as the quake hit. “Ten minutes earlier and everyone would still have been inside,” said Christian Aid’s South Asia director. “There would have certainly been many injuries, if not deaths.”
The impoverished, tourism-dependent nation also lost four of its seven UNESCO sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
On Mt. Everest, at least 18 climbers died following an avalanche.
April 30, 2015
Nepali, also called Nepalese, is a Himalayan language, mainly spoken in Nepal but also spoken in Sikkim, Bhutan and Darjeeling. It is the language of the Ghurkas and is sometimes called Ghurkali. The language is written in the Devanagari script. The Old Version (OV) was printed by the Baptist Missionary Society in Serampore in 1821. The Revised Version (RV) was published in 1977.
Nepali speaking Christians are mainly evangelical Protestant, with a Catholic minority. Bible work is done by the Bible Society of India and the Nepal Bible Society, which recently produced the Simple Nepali Holy Bible (SNHB).
The Nepali Church is growing, and in 2008 the Neplali government made Christmas a national holiday for the first time.
April 30, 2015
April 30, 2015
There is only one International Airfield ( 6 km from Kathmandu eastward) and its runaway is about 3 km. It seems to function, and departures and boardings seems to happen every 5 minutes: big planes, normal civilian air traffic. if the internet info is Live.
There must be some oother runaways soomewhere in the country to bu used by relief forces. Hope soomebopdy checks all the fiedls. It is fantastic fine thing that Kathmandu Airport is functioning and the only runaway is undamaged.
Janakpur has asfalt surface: 1, 006 km runaway
Syangboche airfield: Runaway 400 m, unpaved, for helicopter, mostly
Surkhet airfioeld,, 1200 m runaway, asphalt
Simikot airfield, 549 m runaway, black topped
Simara Airport (Nepali: सिमरा विमानस्थल) (IATA: SIF, ICAO: VNSI) is an airport serving Pipara Simara in Nepal. It is also the clostest airport to Birganj, Nepal’s sixth biggest City. The airport was established July 4, 1958 and is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
The airport is capable to handle aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service. 1192 m runaway
1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Worldwide
27 earthquakes – DownloadUpdated: 2015-04-29 17:24:56 UTCShowing event times using UTC27 earthquakes in map area
It seems so that the wide colliding part of Bihar- under Nepal as a wide slid
is giving signs on eastern border of Asian and Australian tectonc plates, even on Eastern side of Pacific Ocean. It must come soon some bigger volcano or- the inner core layers of Earth are changing volyme (into a slightly smaller size , as dynamically stabilizing its decay).
April 29, 2015
According to a Columbia University reseracher the part below Bihar slid about one foot to 10 feet northwards and underneath Nepal in a matter of seconds.
A part of India slid one foot to 10 feet northwards and underneath Nepal in a matter of seconds during the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit the Himalayan country on Saturday, a U.S. scientist has said.
“Saturday’s slip took place over an area about 1,000 to 2,000 square miles over a zone spanning the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in one direction, and almost the entire Himalaya mountain width in the other,” said Colin Stark, Lamont Associate Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. “A part of India slid about one [foot] to 10 feet northwards and underneath Nepal in a matter of seconds.”
“The part below Bihar slid under Nepal along a zone from Bharatpur, through Hetauda, to Janakpur,” he said.
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April 29, 2015
The Guardian News:
The village of Barkobot, in Sindhupalchowk district, is just an hour and a half on good roads from Kathmandu, but it may as well be on the other side of the country, writes Pete Pattisson.
Every single one of the 75 houses in the village has been severely damaged or totally destroyed, and yet no one has received any help from the government.
Where neat stone and mud houses once stood, there are now just piles of rubble. The entire village is living outdoors, under canvas, corrogated metal sheets, or just the shade of a tree. “No one is coming to help us,” said Sangita Giri. “There is a child [buried] over there, but neither the army or police have arrived to help.”
The towns and Cities of this District:
Towns and villages of Sindhupalchowk district:
Atarpur · Badegau · Balephi · Bansbari · Banskharka · Baramchi · Bahrabise · Baruwa · Batase · Bhimtar · Bhote Namlang · Bhotechaur · Bhotsiba · Choukati · Chautara Municipality · Dhumthang · Dubarchour · Fatakshila · Fulping Katti · Fulpingdandagau · Fulpingkot · Gati · Ghorthali · Dhuskun hile khajilung · Gloche · Gumba · Gunsakot · Hagam · Haibung · Helumbu · Ichok · Irkhu Bhanjyang · Jalbire · Jethal · Jyamire · Kalika · Karkhali · Kadambas · Kiwool · Kunchok · Langarche · Lisankhu · Listikot · Mahankal · Maneswor · Mankha · Marming · Melamchi · Motang · Nawalpur · Pagretar · Palchok · Pangtang · Petaku · Piskar · Ramche · Sangachok · Selang · Sikharpur · Sindhukot · Sipa Pokhare · Sipal Kavre · Sunkhani · Syaule Bazar · Talamarang · Tatopani · Tauthali · Tekanpur · Thakani · Thampal Dhap · Thangpalkot · Thokarpa · Thulo Dhading · Thulo Pakhar · Thulo Sirubari · Thum Pakhar · Timpul Ghyangul · Yamanadanda
April 29, 2015
Gurkha heartlands devastated by Nepal earthquake
Villages occupied by the Gurungs, the clan which provides the backbone of the British Army’s Gurkha regiments, wiped out by Nepal earthquake
“All the houses are down,” said Subek Shrestha, a helicopter pilot who on Tuesday night flew some of the first aid to reach the twin towns of Laprak and Barpak, in north central Nepal, believed to be at the epicentre of the quake.
He spoke as an injured elderly woman survivor was stretchered off his two-seater helicopter by soldiers and into a waiting jeep to take her to hospital.
“I don’t know how many bodies there are. We are dealing with the badly injured,” he said. “They also have very few things to eat.”
People are now living out in the open as aid convoys try to get through. Matters were made worse by torrential rains in the mountains on Tuesday.
Mr Pukhrel said he believed that fewer than 50 houses in Barpak remained standing, out of 1,400, and almost none in Laprak. Most are made of brick and crumbled; only sturdier concrete buildings resisted the earthquake.
Col William Shuttlewood, director of the Gurkha Welfare Trust which looks after veterans in Nepal, said there were fears for a “considerable number” of the former soldiers.
He said the earthquake had struck “right in the centre” of one of the Gurkhas’ recruiting heartlands.
The charity, which looks after 6,600 ex Gurkhas, said it had mobilised its medical teams and staff to try to get a better picture of the devastation in more remote valleys.
He said: “We need to have a good understanding of the extent of the catastrophe and understand the needs of those affected.
“It’s right in the centre of one of the brigade recruiting areas and inevitably there will be a considerable number of retired soldiers living in the area.
“There are going to be fatalities. We understand the extent of the damage is such that there will be fatalities and some of those will be ex-Gurkhas and their families.”
Gurkhas and the Gurung clan are regarded with some reverence by the population of central Nepal, both for their fighting skills and for the income provided by their salaries and pensions, the latter subject of repeated disputes with the British government.
Corporal Hashtabha Hadur Gurung, who served from 1974 to 1989 in the Queen Elizabeth’s Own 2nd Gurkha Regiment, first in Hong Kong and then based in Aldershot, and whose son is now also in the British army, said he hoped that Britain would now furnish relief.
“If Britain helped, it would give us great pleasure,” he said.