Living in the aftermath of a disaster

On Saturday, 25 April, when the earthquake struck Nepal, I felt tremors in Delhi. I wondered where the epicentre was and within seconds I got to know from my Twitter feed that it was near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. In a matter of few hours, I was informed that MSF in India was sending four medical and non-medical teams from Bihar (the state bordering Nepal) and a team from Delhi.

Epicentre - part one

Working in a post earthquake zone here, I have gotten increasingly used to the periodic tremors that are common after the upheaval of a major seismic event as the layers of land settle and stabilise. When in the city or office I hardly notice them, they could be faint vibration of a large lorry driving past, or just my own clumsiness causing me to stumble as I walk. I usually rely on others to tell me that one has happened, or as in our hotel grounds, the startled calls of the birds as they rise shaken from the trees.