It is a sad day.
The much speculated earthquake for several years measuring 7.9 magnitude has finally struck 80km east of Pokhara in Nepal about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu!
The epicenter was 80km northwest of Kathmandu which is Pokhara, a major tourist venue and favourite of foreigners and trekkers.
I have contacted both Nepal’s Information Minister Minendra Rijal and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam to share our support and condolences and they have indicated that there is damage, many deaths, injuries and thousands shell shocked and old historic buildings collapsing.
Information is slowly coming in and they are continuing to assess the situation as the communication lines are also hit.
Army, Police and essential services are working round the clock to assess and assist.
The airport is open and they are clearing outgoing passengers.
Incoming flights are being monitored and if necessary, diverted to Bangladesh and New Delhi.
As I write this – there has been over 449 deaths!
My Nepalese friends have sent me these personal pictures to update me!
Let us pray for them!