Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (2015) 13, 344
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Letter from Nepal June 12, 2015
Dear Editor, I would like to update travel medicine practitioners on the situation in post-earthquake Nepal. After the 2 devastating earthquakes in late April and mid May, Nepal is slowly recovering. Immediate relief phase is over and the focus now is in building temporary shelter pre monsoon for those persons who lost their homes in this disaster. There have not been any disease outbreaks noted. Kathmandu: Life is pretty normal in Kathmandu. Almost all major starred hotels except for two have received green stickers from the Government to continue operating. Most hotels except for a few in the tourist area of Thamel are fine and functional. Government has made it mandatory for public places to be officially categorized: green e operate normally, yellow e can operate after minor repairs, red e not safe for public use. Most hospitals are fine and
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operating normally. The airport and highways have not been damaged. Although several large monuments were destroyed during the earthquake, a lot is still intact. It is now possible to visit all 3 Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Trekking routes: Annapurna circuit trek and Annapurna base camp trekking are fine as per Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Everest area trekking is possible and has recently been completed by a few persons who were able to complete the trek up to Everest Base Camp. For extra information, you may contact the author at [email protected]
Thank you for your kind consideration. Best regards, Prativa Pandey CIWEC Hospital and CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center, Kathmandu, Nepal 15 June 2015