University of Leeds staff in Nepal quake relief bid

A young girl manages to raise a smile amid the chaos in Nepal.

A young girl manages to raise a smile amid the chaos in Nepal.

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a team from the University of Leeds is helping the relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal.

Researchers from the city are helping collect important data to assist aid and reconstruction work, which is being co-ordinated in the UK.

University of Leeds researchers are at the forefront' of efforts' to  bring' relief to the earthquake-devastated kingdom of Nepal.

University of Leeds researchers are at the forefront' of efforts' to bring' relief to the earthquake-devastated kingdom of Nepal.

Nearly 9,000 people have died in a series of earthquakes in the South Asian country. The disaster has also left 22,000 people injured and it has destroyed half a million homes.

Staff from the university’s School of Geography have strong ties with the area because of an energy gardens project is Gorkha, which was at the epicentre of the first quake on April 25.

Partnership workers are still on the ground in the area. They have been supplying information to University of Leeds researcher Dr Bishnu Pariyar in the UK. He is from Nepal.

Dr Pariyar, who was born near the epicentre, said: “Thousands of lives have been lost and families devastated.

“Nepal faces a massive reconstruction task and good communication with the outside world is vital to ensure the right help reaches people. We are doing what we can to get the right information out.”

He said he was in almost daily contact with partnership agencies in Nepal to monitor the situation out there.

The researcher added: “It’s pretty bleak at the moment. Most of the schools have collapsed and the monsoon season starts in July for three months.”

He is worried that the monsoons will cause landslides and will make air support from helicopters difficult.

The 30-year-old said some people, whose homes had been destroyed, were now living in temporary tents which would be no match for the monsoons.

Dr Pariyar has been touched by the kindness of colleagues and friends who have made donations to the cause.

This Sunday he is supporting the Help Nepal Network fundraising concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will feature Nepali music.

Date: 23rd June 2017.
Picture James Hardisty.
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