25 April 2015 was a Saturday and a public holiday in Nepal. Offices and schools were closed and people were either staying at home with their families or enjoying their holiday shopping, traveling or picnicking outside. Just before midday (at 11.56 NST), a normal spring day turned into the most dreadful day of Nepal’s modern history. A powerful earthquake with a magnitude 7.8-8.1 rocked the nation and everything was shattered into pieces. Thousands of Nepalis lost their lives and millions were left homeless.

While relief and rescue work continues, a series of powerful and moving images have emerged and spread on social media. We pick 25 such images that had a tremendous emotional impact on us.

The Last Embrace: Manisha Rijal (22) and Nishant Khadka from Jhapa, Eastern Nepal, had been holidaying in Kathmandu after getting married less than a year ago. They were found dead embracing each-other in the ruins of the Dharahara Tower.

Nepal-earthquake-1Your Loss is Irreparable, The Whole Nation is in Tearsnepal-earthquake-2

Four-year-old Abhishek Tamang is one of the patients receiving treatment outside Dhading hospitalnepal-earthquake-3

    1. The Journey Tragically Ends Here, RIP
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    1. Powerful Before and After Images Have Emerged in the Aftermath nepal-earthquake-5
    2. You Will Be Remembered, Forever!
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    3. A Rescue Worker Carries an Elderly Woman to Safetynepal-earthquake-7
    4. An Elderly Woman Receiving Treatment in a Tentnepal-earthquake-8

 

    1. Death, No, You Can’t Do Us Apart!
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    2. An Unconscious Child in a Hospital Bednepal-earthquake-10
    3. Saying Final Goodbyes to the Dear Ones, You will be Deeply Missed nepal-earthquake-11
    4. The Saline of Hope and Recovery nepal-earthquake-12
    1. In Gorkha an Entire Village was Washed Awaynepal-earthquake-13
    2. Mourning the Loss of a Loved Onenepal-earthquake-14
    3. A Relief Worker Talks to a Temporarily Displaced Girl in Kathmandunepal-earthquake-15
    4. In Some Areas Dead Bodies are Still Scattered and Unattained nepal-earthquake-16Food Distribution in a Community Kitchen, Community Bonds in Nepal are Very Strong nepal-earthquake-17
    1. Two Children Victims are Being Treated in an Open Spacenepal-earthquake-18
    2. A Rescue Worker Lifts a Disabled Elderly  nepal-earthquake-19
    3. The Injured are Rushed into Nearby Hospitals  nepal-earthquake-20
    4. The Meditating God was Unharmed, though nepal-earthquake-21
  1. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Travelled Himself to Nepal with a Rescue Team, a Unique Example of Solidaritynepal-earthquake-22Marching Into an Uncertain Future nepal-earthquake-23
  2. Nepali Health Professionals Treat a Brain Injury nepal-earthquake-24
  3. Goodbye My Dear, Rest In Peace nepal-earthquake-25(These photos were taken from different social networking sites. If you took one of these pictures, please let us know by writing to nepaltribune@gmail.com We will properly credit your creative work.)