Gavin Gough
Editorial, Humanitarian & Travel Photographer
Searching through the rubble

Nepal Earthquake

Humanitarian, News, NGO Client

29th April, 2015: The aftermath of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which killed 9,000, leaving 22,000 injured and many more homeless.

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Soldiers search the rubble of a temple

Soldiers search the rubble of a temple

A major, 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at mid-day on Saturday, 29th April, 2015.

Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital city of Kathmandu and across the country were destroyed, leaving nearly 9,000 dead and 22,000 injured.

I arrived in Nepal 48 hours after the earthquake, working on assignment for news agencies, including Getty and NurPhoto. I also completed assignments and provided images for several NGOs, including Global Giving, Charity:Water, Splash and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The ancient city of Bhaktapur was badly damaged by the earthquake

The ancient city of Bhaktapur was badly damaged by the earthquake

Neighbours search for survivors and salvage belongings

Neighbours search for survivors and salvage belongings

Regular aftershocks hampered initial recovery efforts and much of the recovery effort was done by hand.

Casualty numbers were minimised as the earthquake struck at midday on Saturday when schools were closed and many people were outside.

 A woman wearing a scarf for protection from the dust salvages belongings from a family home that was destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

A woman wearing a scarf for protection from the dust salvages belongings from a family home that was destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Internally Displaced

Internally Displaced

Subas Chandra, 82, is forced to seek shelter in a temporary camp after her home was destroyed.

Many thousands of homes were destroyed, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and internally displaced.

Homeless women in shelter

Homeless women in shelter

Women left homeless when their homes were destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake shelter in a temporary camp.

Temporary camps provided shelter for many of the homeless but slow delivery of relief funds, hampered by political disruption, has slowed the rebuilding efforts, leaving many in vulnerable circumstances.

 Binot Kumar Lama sustained injuries to his head and arm during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. His family home was destroyed, leaving him and his wife seeking shelter in a temporary camp with little protection and limited access to medical treatment.

Binot Kumar Lama sustained injuries to his head and arm during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. His family home was destroyed, leaving him and his wife seeking shelter in a temporary camp with little protection and limited access to medical treatment.

 Inside a school, set up as a temporary refugee camp for internally displaced people, 72 year old Ram Shilpakar recovers from a broken ribs and head trauma sustained during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Inside a school, set up as a temporary refugee camp for internally displaced people, 72 year old Ram Shilpakar recovers from a broken ribs and head trauma sustained during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

 Beneath hastily assembled tarpaulins, a woman takes shelter after her family home was destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Beneath hastily assembled tarpaulins, a woman takes shelter after her family home was destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

 Children from a family left homeless by the earthquake inside a tent at a refugee camp for internally displaced people.

Children from a family left homeless by the earthquake inside a tent at a refugee camp for internally displaced people.

 A boy searches through the rubble of buildings destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

A boy searches through the rubble of buildings destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

 An elderly woman uses a garden hoe to search through the rubble of a house destroyed by the earthquake.

An elderly woman uses a garden hoe to search through the rubble of a house destroyed by the earthquake.

Saraswati, Yamuna and Jamuna

Saraswati, Yamuna and Jamuna

Siblings Saraswati (11) and twins Yamuna and Jamuna (8) stand on the rubble outside the remains of their family home. The children were outside their home in Bhaktapur when the earthquake struck on 29th April, 2015. Whilst they all survived, their family home was destroyed, leaving them to take shelter beneath tarpaulins erected outside.

 Eight year old Yamuna helps to clear rubble from the remains of her family home

Eight year old Yamuna helps to clear rubble from the remains of her family home

 Volunteers with the World Mission Society help to clear rubble from buildings destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Volunteers with the World Mission Society help to clear rubble from buildings destroyed by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

 Rajiv Awal and his family salvaged what they could from their family home after it was destroyed. They relocated to the home of a family member, outside the capital city of Kathmandu.

Rajiv Awal and his family salvaged what they could from their family home after it was destroyed. They relocated to the home of a family member, outside the capital city of Kathmandu.

 A boy joins relief and recovery efforts, carrying bricks from a temple in Patan that was destroyed by the earthquake.

A boy joins relief and recovery efforts, carrying bricks from a temple in Patan that was destroyed by the earthquake.

 Volunteers and NGO workers help to clear the rubble from fallen buildings.

Volunteers and NGO workers help to clear the rubble from fallen buildings.

 A boy salvaging belongings from a family home which was left dangerous and unstable after the earthquake.  Like many thousands of other families, they were forced to relocate to a temporary shelter and don't know if they will ever be able to return to their family home.

A boy salvaging belongings from a family home which was left dangerous and unstable after the earthquake.

Like many thousands of other families, they were forced to relocate to a temporary shelter and don't know if they will ever be able to return to their family home.