As the death toll continues to rise in Nepal, stories, images and videos being released from the ground are heartbreaking to say the least. The latest footage comes from a drone giving us an aerial view of the devastation caused by the earthquake. Also Read - Nepal earthquake: Government bans use of drones fearing leak of sensitive information
The video was uploaded on Facebook by Kishor Rana, a Kathmandu resident, with a caption that read, “These are desperate times but we must all unite together in times like these. Here are the footages I took today of the aftermath of the earthquake that hit us yesterday. Out of respect to the victims family, I did not take footages of live rescues taking place. 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.” Also Read - Nepalis trend #GoHomeIndianMedia on Twitter to protest India's insensitive earthquake coverage
In the video, people are seen in hoardes scurrying about in the bylanes of a densely populated area of the city. Rooftops are seen caved in and huge piles of rubble of what once could be buildings or temples are captured on the video. The area seen through the drone seems to be in the heart of a bustling city that now lay wrecked, panicked and disorganized. Also Read - Facebook connecting over 7 million people in Nepal
Rana has also uploaded some pictures and CCTV footage of his house yard while the earthquake struck.
The earthquake that hit on Saturday, shortly before noon, had a magnitude of 7.8, and many villages in Nepal were nearly obliterated. The death toll has now passed 4,000 with rescue efforts intensifying each passing day. The magnitude of the earthquake was so much, that it even caused an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 17 people there. One of the survivors released dramatic footage that he captured when the avalanche hit the base camp. You can watch the footage here.
India has launched Operation Maitri for Nepal victims, and is rescuing people out from the valley apart from sending relief aid. Even the Internet and social media have pushed out tools to make it easier for people to connect. Google has activated the People Finder, and Facebook has introduced its new feature called Safety Check in Nepal, to help find missing people.
You can watch all the raw footages here.