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One month after Pedernales 7.8 earthquake, in Ecuador's coast, almost 30,000 victims try to find normality for their lives.
Though the Ecuadorian government had implemented 19 official shelters, with the aid of ACNHUR, Red Cross and friendly countries, some have decided to stay on improvised camps.
These towns, mostly inhabited by humble fishermen, will take years to rebuilt, while they turn their hopes on God. On May 16th, moved by the Catholic tradition, requiem masses will take place all over the coastal cities to remember the 660 deaths and 40 missing people
On the 27th of April 2015 a second earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck 17 km south of the village of Liping on the Nepali - Tibet border. Eleven months after the destructive earthquake the northern border with China remains closed. Nowadays the main Sino - Nepal border crossing point is at Rasuwagadhi - Kerung north of Kathmandu. Liping village, which was once a busy crossing point for businessmen from China, India and Nepal, looks today like a ghost town. Around 75% to the population left the village and moved to nearby villages or Kathmandu. The Nepal government is still assessing the damage but the area looks untouched since the quake hit. The Chinese decision to close the border for security reasons has affected the local population whose livelihood depended on trade and tourism. Is not clear when the road will be reopened. At the moment there is still a big risk of landslides, especially with the coming raining season. Liping residents who remain in the village try to have a normal day by day life and keep the spirit of the community alive.
People fled their homes leaving their belongings, not knowing when the situation would normalize.
A pharmacy remains mainly as it was on the day the earthquake hit Liping.
Kahn Sherwin, 51 in front the ruins of her house. During the earthquake a giant rock hit the roof of the building. She is now living in a nearby village.
A food and tea shop on the main road of Liping that was abandoned after the earthquake.
A four wheel drive vehicle drives toward the border where cars are not allowed to cross into China.
Two local people walk along the main road of Liping, moving quickly and watching carefully to avoid rocks falling from a landslide.
Several big landslides destroyed houses after the earthquake.
A local woman cooks in an improvised outdoor kitchen in front her damaged house at the entrance to Liping.
A local Sherpa woman stands in front of a closed bank in Liping.
A local woman walks by a big landslide on the road near the border bridge with China.
Thirty seven year old Sasha Magar stands in front her destroyed house.
Her husband died in the earthquake, leaving her with a two year old daughter. She and her child now live with her brother in a nearby village.
A pool table remains intact inside what was once a pool club on the main road of Liping.
On April 25, 2015 a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing thousands and leaving the country struggling to recover. Two weeks later, survivors experienced another two major earthquakes, leaving them in an uncertain situation, where nature seemed to decide their fate without warning. The most dramatic times come at night when the city streets and mountain paths are wrapped in darkness. If the earth starts trembling, sleep can betray you. People sleep outside, stay up to maintain security in their neighborhoods or just suffer from insomnia and stay awake out of habit. Today, Nepal is living a nightmare, even during the day, where continuos aftershocks remind people that their home stands on the seismic hot zone where the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate - giving birth to the Himalayas.
People left homeless by the earthquake still sleep in the open air in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. More than a half-million tents are needed for the huge numbers of people forced from their homes by Nepal's devastating earthquake.
A building lies in ruin between the ancient Durbar Square quarter of Kathmandu and the tourist area Thamel. The total numbers of foreigners who fell victim to the earthquake are still unknown.
Gyan Prasad Acharya has tended funeral pyres at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu for 30 years. Since a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the Ghats, traditional spaces reserved for cremating the dead, at Pashupatinath Temple have been overwhelmed. The Ghats have gone from seeing 30 bodies cremated a day to hundreds. Every open space along the river has been taken up by survivors trying to bid their loved ones a final farewell.
A victim of the earthquake stands outside a tent in the Durbar Square area, the ancient historical city center of Kathmandu. Durbar Square was one of the areas of the capital most damaged in the earthquake.
Groups of citizens in Bhaktapur organize night shifts working as security guards around the city to avoid robberies inside abandoned houses.
A statue of the monkey-god Hanuman stands intact between the ruins of Kasthamandap temple and Durbar square.
Entire areas of the ancient city of Kathmandu remain in danger of collapsing in aftershocks. Many roadblocks are in place to avoid people walking through.
The Nepali army has closed the entry to Durbar square in Kathmandu from 7pm to 6am for security reasons.
A Nepali army officer walks during a nighttime rain storm in Durbar square. As the rainy season is approaching in Nepal, the danger of more landslides and collapsed buildings is increasing.
Displaced people camp right in front Durbar Square. Nepal's Government fired a "warning shot" at landlords, saying any property owner who tried to profit from a devastating quake that left thousands of families homeless would face legal action.
In Bhaktapur, a portrait remains intact on the wall of a destroyed house after the violent earthquake struck Nepal on April 15th.
Two drunk friends walk together late at night between the rubble of downtown of Bhaktapur, now mostly destroyed.
Resident of Bhaktapur hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of three young friends that died together under the rubble after the earthquake on the 25th of April.
On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 8,000 people and injuring thousands more.
A Nepali man cooks food for dozens of displaced residents in Bhaktapur, Nepal on May 5, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 7,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Nepali residents clear rubble and collect items from their destroyed homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal on May 5, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 7,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Earthquake victims warm themselves around a fire amid the ruins of the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site.
Family members of a deceased person shave their hair following tradition after the body of their relative has been cremated at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
Carvings and other artwork from destroyed temples are stored in a secure location in Patan, Nepal on May 4, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 7,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Nepali residents take part in a candle lighting ceremony for those lost in the earthquake on a street in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 4, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 7,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Earthquake victims run below a high cliff to avoid falling boulders in a landslide area on the road connecting the villages of Kodari and Barabise.
Children play on a makeshift helipad while waiting for a rescue helicopter to land in the village of Kodari on the Nepal-Tibet border.
A resident of the heavily damaged Nepalese village of Kodari removes personal belongings from his house which he says is no longer safe to live in.
Dani Tamung, 75, cries as she describes the loss of her home and possessions due to the earthquake in Bansbari, Nepal on May 3, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 6,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Earthquake victims who had been trapped in the village of Kodari for almost a week board a Nepalese Army helicopter.