'My name is Mina, 48 years old. I was at home alone when the earthquake hit. Everything started to collapse. I couldn't get out. It was impossible to scream for help because I was in shock. After three hours I was able to call for help. Two boys from next door heard my cry and called my daughter. After securing the building people got me out. Yesterday I cleaned my street with my bare hands. I fell and hurt my hand. Now I live in a tent behind my house.'
Many women living in Bhaktapur have joined forces in the clean-up effort, working mainly with their bare hands.
On 25 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal with Gorkha District at the epicentre, causing widespread destruction of property and infrastructure. A powerful aftershock on 13 May 2015 caused further damage and loss of life. Many buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage list were also damaged or destroyed. In all, almost 9,000 people died and almost 22,000 were injured. The city of Bhaktapur, one of the three Royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and home to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Durbar Square, was badly hit with around 80% of the religious structures damaged.