Patan, Saturday morning, four hours before the quake:
iii. Join the open-mapping community to assess damage by comparing satellite pictures and marking affected areas, no expertise required.
iv. Courtesy our friends at The Yellow House - this is an invaluable resource for sharing/receiving information - in addition to the below, you can submit reports and get alerts on specific areas where help is needed/has reached.
Most importantly, keep Nepal in the public eye as much as possible as people try to recover from the horrors of this natural disaster. Things might have to get much worse before they can get even a tiny bit better – with every day, every tremor, every rainfall, the chances of finding victims alive slip away, and for those who have survived, finding enough food, water, shelter and sanitation is going to be a logistical and financial nightmare.
For a country whose main source of income was tourism, the destruction of so many heritage sites will have far-reaching consequences and it will take years to recover. And for those of you who pray, please pray for Nepal.
(The author is a member of the faculty at the Centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology in Bengaluru and was in Patan when the earthquake struck on April 25. She tweets as @praymurray)