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Nepal earthquakes retold through documentaries

Rescue workers remove debris

New Delhi: The devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal recently forms the subject of two documentaries, which focus on the science behind the temblors and feature accounts from survivors.

The first film “Earthquake: Disaster in Nepal” explores the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25 and the subsequent 7.3-magnitude earthquake on May 12.

The one-hour long programme is scheduled to be aired on Discovery Channel on June 8.

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 caused overwhelming destruction, amassing an overwhelming death toll of over 8,000 people, including 18 climbers who were at Mount Everest’s Base Camp during the time of the quake.

Historic buildings in the centre of Kathmandu, were reduced to rubble and generations-old family homes collapsed in clouds of dust.

“The documentary transports viewers into the heart of an earthquake, one of the most terrifying experiences known to humankind. This absorbing special covers everything from the science behind the events to highly personal stories of people who experienced them,” says Rahul Johri, EVP & GM – South Asia and Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific.

The programme features expert interviews and seismic simulations to explain the science behind the earthquakes, footage of the rescue operations in Kathmandu, news reports from around the globe and exclusive glimpses of new technology and research being developed to help humanity better predict and cope with natural events such as earthquakes.

The programme also features first-hand accounts from those who survived the natural disaster, from a mother whose baby was buried for 22 hours and a student who was crushed under a multi-story building in the city’s Durbar Square, to a newlywed couple caught up in Everest Base Camp 1 avalanche.

First-hand accounts of the tragedy is told in the film through user-generated content and social media.

The special also features testimonies of a Indian survivor and Indian personnel involved in rescue operations.

Meanwhile National Geographic Channel premieres “Trapped in Nepal” on June 11 that featuring first-hand accounts from real survivors, and user-generated footage from several ground teams in Nepal, directed by award-winning producer-director Dick Bower.

The one hour long film uses computer generated imagery to illustrate the anatomy of an earthquake and showcases latest findings from the world’s leading geologists to establish what can be done to identify when and where the next earthquake might strike.

“The magnitude of the tragedy in Nepal has touched people all over the globe,” Swati Mohan, Business Head, NGC Networks and FOX International Channel said.

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