Nepal Earthquake 2015.
On 25th April 2015, the day I’m enjoying myself up at the Genting Highlands for some cool air, relaxing moment and exciting concert, something tragic happened on the other side of the planet. I felt a bit bad for it. A massive earthquake measuring near to 8.0 magnitude occurred at Nepal on that unfortunate day which is also my sister’s birthday. An earthquake with that scale unfortunately led to massive damages and loss of thousand of lives. The reports today confirmed that over 4000 people died and over 8000 people injured. And the worst news, is that the figure is escalating.
The first thing on my mind now is to send my prayer and blessing to those affected by the earthquake. May the deceased rest in peace and the others to stay strong and move on. Eventhough my prayer doesn’t seems helpful, but at least my heart is with them through this situation. Since Nepal is a very poor country, I believed many countries are now offering all sort of assistance to them.
The earthquake was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since 1934 Nepal-Bihar Earthquake. Its magnitude was so huge that it also affects neighbouring countries; India, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Besides that, the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain and killed at least 18 people whom were the mount climbers, and also hit one of the base camps. And that made the day as the most lethal day on the mountain. There is even a short clip recorded by one of the climbers when the avalanche struck.
Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It’s sad to see many priceless heritage buildings and historical architecture being damaged from this disaster. I heard that the affected region is home to many UNESCO sites. And besides that, continued aftershocks triggered panic throughout the whole region which is already heavily affected by the disaster.
On the other news, Malaysians are greeted with positive announcement recently as Lee Chong Wei, our nation’s most beloved badminton player, will be back on court playing for the country from next month onwards after being suspended for a doping case in last year’s Badminton World Championship. He was given an 8-months ban from playing, and that punishment backdated to begin from August last year when he started being under suspension. Hence, we will see him back in action from May 2015 onwards in upcoming major tournaments like Sudirman Cup, SEA Games, and most importantly, next year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
We would love to see third showdown between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan from China in the Olympics next year. Lin Dan had won both of that back in 2008 and 2012, while Chong Wei had to settle for silver. But that’s already a proud achievement for the country. Now, he has another chance for ‘revenge’ next year in Rio 2016. I’m glad that he received quite a light sentence, and he is actually innocent as he didn’t know the supplements he took contain banned substance. He is a great sportsman beloved by all Malaysians. That’s a fact. Looking forward to see him soon in badminton court. He is now ranked 30th, and hopefully he can jump back to 1st soon, the position he held earlier for a long period of time.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)