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Singati after the quake

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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The scenic town of Singati on the banks of the Tama Kosi used to be a stopover for traders going up to Lamabagar near the Tibet border, and for trekkers hiking up or down from the Rolwaling Valley. Then came the Tama Kosi and other big hydropower projects upstream. Suddenly Singati became a boomtown, connected to Charikot and Kathmandu by a highway. It was along this road that relief convoys had come to distribute emergency supplies after the 25 April earthquake. Many of them were caught up in the 12 May aftershock.

Map of Singati

The entire road to the Tama Kosi project site has been wiped off the map, and it is clear that nothing is going to move in this valley when the rains bring the landslide season. Singati Bazar itself has been obliterated, there is the stench of decomposing bodies under piles of rubble — there is no equipment to remove them. These pictures were taken by Dipesh Khatri of Nyanopan.

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2 Responses to “Singati after the quake”

  1. Fritz Berger on Says:

    Not to beliefe that Singati destroyed completely. I can cray! The old prosperous Singati is documented in my book of Dolakha Distriect 1973 to 2011 “in the Shadow of Gaurishaker” under a chapter with the title Singati the new hub.


  2. @nwfireblog on Says:

    So sad to see the devastation and the destuction. They CAN rebuild but this will be a long journey, we’re afraid.


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