(Rolf) „Landslide in Nepal Kills at Least 8; Hundreds Are Missing“ – it is the kind of headlines that you probably read everyday, in-between news about politics and celebrities. And you have already forgotten about it when switching to the next article.
Your awareness for an event like this rises dramatically when you have to pass that place. After crossing the Chinese-Nepalese border in the north of Kathmandu we where facing the incredible dimension of the recent landslide. Tons of rocks, sand and mud, disrupting the green jungle. The massive slide, now calmly lying in the valley, tore a huge hole into the mountain, as if a giant had turned over the earth cover with a shovel and buried hundreds of people under it.
It took us approximately four hours and hard work to pass the provisionally, three kilometers long path over the landslide. Not only because of that I will surely have a different feeling when reading headlines like this in the future.
Get more information about the landslide in Nepal here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/world/asia/landslide-in-nepal.html