Reports from Loobhu, Lalitpur District

This morning Ben Ewing, an MA student at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and Karma Changchub Gyaltsen, a monk at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, were sent out by motorcycle to scout areas in need south of Kathmandu. In the Lalitpur district, they toured a town called Loobhu, otherwise known as Mahalaxmi. The town is an old Newari town that, until now, was lined with beautifully intricate brick and mud buildings. The two scouts reported that 75% of the town’s historical buildings have entirely collapsed and been reduced to piles of brick and wood. For now, residents are living in make-shift plastic tents. People in the area have been sent to the hospital and some have already begun reconstruction. Many towns such as Loobhu which were emblems of Newari art and culture, will most likely now be reconstructed with cement. Sadly, this town was amongst the less damaged villages of this district.

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Written by CGLF

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