Omar Havana

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When the Earth Shook Nepal
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Omar Havana, 1975 Granada, Spain. Spanish Freelance Photojournalist. Based in Brussels, Belgium. Previously based in France 2017-2021, Nepal 2014-2015 and Cambodia 2008 - 2014 ; 2015-2017. Omar has worked as a professional photojournalist since... MORE
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When the Earth Shook Nepal
Copyright Omar Havana 2022
Date of Work Apr 2015 - May 2015
Updated Jan 2020
Location Nepal
Topics act of God, Asia, Buddhism, Community, Documentary, Earthquake, Editorial, Environment, Essays, Europe Photographer, France Photographer, Getty Images, Hinduism, Media, Natural Disaster, nature, Nepal, On Assignment, Paris Photographer, Photography, Photojournalism, quake, South Asia, temblor, Tragedy

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015, shaking the already-impoverished nation to its core, killing over 8,000 people, injuring approximately 18,000 and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and historical monuments. 

Subsequent aftershocks, including a 7.3 magnitude tremor on May 12th, have continued to rattle the country and have exacerbated damage to buildings and temples, caused more deaths and injuries and contributed to rampant trauma amongst the population.

With the monsoon set to begin in mid-June, concerns abound regarding the living situation of the approximately 2.8 million people made homeless by the earthquake and presently living under makeshift tarps and depending on aid to survive. With Nepal home to significant and pre-existing problems related poverty, malnutrition, lack of access to potable water, gender-based discrimination, trafficking, and others, the impact of the earthquake will be felt for years to come, as the country tries to rebuild and move past this disaster.

Photography © Omar Havana / Getty Images. All Rights are Reserved

Post Production by Addretouch Laboratories. 


Awards:

2016 – Honorable Mention. General News Category. Tokyo International Foto Awards 2015 TIFA

2016 – Honorable Mention. General News Category. Moscow International Foto Awards 2015 MIFA

2016 - Second Place. General News Category. International Photography Awards IPA

2016 - Honorable Mention. Documentary Category. International Photographer of the Year Award IPOTY

2015 - Exhibited in Visa Pour L'Image Festival in France


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