In the most recent article I could find, the official death toll has reached 5800 people but there could be as many as 15,000 dead according to the TIME article.
Since the earthquake, Kiran has been in contact with our Nepali friends and the Khanalthok community. All three of our translators from last year's assessment trip are safe. Kiran's family in Surkhet is safe. And as far as she has heard, everyone in Khanalthok is safe.
Meet Yubaraj Shrestha.
Yubaraj is a young man from Khanalthok who has been helping us with the project. He posted photos of Khanalthok on Facebook and gave me permission to post some of them here.
Homes are falling down.
People are unsure of the structural security of their homes and are scared to go back inside.
So they are sleeping outside in makeshift tents.
But it seems that the health outpost still has electricity so we can keep in contact.
Most of the disaster relief is focused in Kathmandu and communities like Khanalthok are left to fend for themselves. Our team member, Matina, hopes to visit Khanalthok soon with a rescue team to bring some supplies to Khanalthok.
Kathmandu might get most of the news coverage, but communities on the outskirts were devastated as well. Khanalthok was lucky and didn't get hit too hard. But there are many other small communities that were. Our team's thoughts and prayers are with the community of Khanalthok and the rest of the country of Nepal.
Photos courtesy of Yubaraj Shrestha