An earthquake occured on Nepal on 25 April, its epicenter was approximately 34 km (21 mi) east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal. As of 27 April 2015, more than 4,300 people were believed to have died as a result, with casualties reported in Nepal and adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh. I am proud that within minutes of the earthquake, the Government of India, via the Indian Armed Forces, initiated Operation Maitri (Operation Amity), a massive humanitarian mission with the primary objective of conducting relief and rescue operations in Nepal. The Indian government also evacuated Indian and foreign citizens from Nepal. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal.
Nepal is among the first countries I visited during my Around the World Tour, I was there in June 2004, in a holy pilgrimage at Lord Pashupati Temple (Katmandu, Pokhra, Nepalgang, Birgang). For 15 days I was involved in educational and cultural exchange for students and youth in schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme.
My prayers to all the people of Nepal and to everybody who thinks to help them!