Nepal dealing with psychological fallout from quakes

Calgary Herald

Two earthquakes and nearly one month later, the Nepalese people are beginning to see the psychological effects of their country’s destruction.

“The important thing now for people, especially women, is they have a sort of psychosocial problem,” said Rishi Bastakoti.

A PhD student at the University of Calgary, Bastakoti has parents, in-laws and relatives in Nepal trying to survive the fallout from the quakes and their aftershocks.

He described a situation his mother encountered after the first 7.8-magnitude quake hit on April 25.

“She was working in the kitchen garden. She saw some buildings were collapsing and one small child died on the spot, crushed by a building,” he said.

During the second 7.3-magnitude quake on May 12, his mom refused to leave her house and survey the destroyed buildings in her neighbourhood, fearing she’d witness more deaths and injuries, Bastakoti said.

“I feel still she has the psychological problem…

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