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Geisel Student Sends Appeal From Kathmandu

By Bill Platt

Shreya Shrestha flew into Kathmandu May 11 on an earthquake relief mission. Hours after the Geisel School of Medicine student landed, a second powerful earthquake struck the region east of the capital.

"We are all safe. Our work today got derailed after the earthquake and we had to spend the majority of the evening re-routing our plans," she wrote to colleagues in Hanover.

Tens of thousands of people are living in improvised shelters in Kathmandu because their homes were destroyed or are unsafe after the 7.8 magnitude struck on April 25. Geisel student Shreya Shrestha, who arrived in Kathmandu just hours before the latest disaster, photographed the devastation. (Photo by Shreya Shrestha)

Shrestha, who is from Nepal, brought emergency medical supplies and cash for direct relief on behalf of Aasha for Nepal, a health NGO she co-founded with Daniel Albert, a physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and a section chief with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Shrestha is part of the Dartmouth for Nepal working group, supported by the provost's office and made up of students and professors from the College and Geisel, and by other members of the Dartmouth community. The group is organizing aid for relief efforts and promoting the rebuilding process following the April 25 earthquake that killed thousands and devastated much of the country.

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