Seattle resident Greg Davenport, a relief coordinator in Kathmandu, says the latest earthquake is “just adding insult to injury here. They don’t even have the death count from the first quake yet.”
Greg Davenport was taking a walk after lunch Tuesday in a narrow Kathmandu alley when he felt something familiar: the earth moving beneath him.
A survivor of the first Nepal earthquake, Davenport, who is from Ballard, bolted into a main street where people were congregating.
“It was all shaking, everyone was scared and watching the power lines, wondering if they were coming down,” he said. “You just kind of feel things rolling.”
After a few minutes, the tremors quit — and the power lines around him were intact.
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Compared to mountain villages, Kathmandu suffered relatively minor damage from the second quake, said Davenport.
But many people were sleeping in tents because they were displaced by the first quake. Some are staying outside even if their buildings are structurally fine, because they’re superstitious and scared, he said.
“It’s just adding insult to injury here,” said Davenport. “They don’t even have the death count from the first quake yet.”
The second quake has furthered hampered relief efforts.
“It’s setting everything back,” Davenport said.
After the first quake, Davenport became a relief coordinator for Child NGO Federation-Nepal, an umbrella organization for orphanages in central Nepal. Relief efforts include delivering food, water filters and other supplies, with medical teams also visiting orphanages.
“We’re just trying to figure out what the needs are and funnel help to the right places,” Davenport said. He plans to stay through the end of this month.
“Doing international NGO aid work is kind of a dream job for me,” he said. “On the one hand, I’m loving it — we’re getting a lot of things done. On the other hand, bridging the gap culturally with the Nepalis is a challenge.”
It’s going to be a long recovery for Nepal, Davenport said. Plus, it seems nature’s wrath might not end for the stricken country.
“We’re two or three weeks from monsoon season. What has already been a disaster will be compounded when that hits,” he said.