The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has risen to more than 3,300 as fears grow for the fate of people living in remote villages. The official death toll in Nepal currently stands at 3,218, but that does not include 18 people killed in an avalanche, and another 61 people were killed in neighbouring India, and 20 killed in Tibet.

Helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 mountaineers stranded on Everest above an ice fall caused by the earthquake. An additional 61 were injured in the avalanche and an unknown number are still missing.

Unicef said nearly one million children in Nepal were severely affected by the earth quake. It also warned of waterborne and infectious diseases.

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The images coming out of Nepal are harrowing. Here are vetted charities you can donate to if you want to help.

Nepal is a small and poor country ill-equipped to deal with a calamity of this scale. Nothing as disastrous and devastating has taken place in the region for almost a century. No substantial form of emergency aid and assistance program is available domestically, at least not one that can deal with a disaster of this magnitude. Any outside aid counts. Please give any amount you can to these relief efforts that are vetted and credible. The area is still experiencing aftershocks that are making rescue efforts difficult. Water and food are now being sought after. Please give how you can and we can hope help gets to the people affected before it’s much too late. Please help. 


A set of wedding photos of 31-year-old Tibetan groom Phuntsok and his bride Drolma become very popular in just three days on social network. The total hits has reached 10,000 after only 4 hours they put photos on the web. Phuntsok was born in Danba County, Sichuan province. He and his wife both now work in Chengdu. They decide to have a wedding back in their hometown. So they take these beautiful photographs to show their life. The reaction of people is very enthusiastic. In addition to the couple’s beauty, they give positive comments on how the photographs show young Tibetans living a modern life in big city and at the same time not forgetting the traditional life in their hometown. Besides, the contrast of different scenes is attractive to people who leave home for career. So a lot of netizen feel related to Phuntsok and Drolma’s life style. Phuntsok is surprised about how popular the photos become and he is glad that many young people are inspired by them. The photographer is He Di何迪. See the complete photos HERE.


french photographer eric valli has spent over twenty years documenting the peoples of the himalayas, including the dolpo, seen here, who live between tibet and nepal in one of the highest inhabitable regions in the world.

notes eric, “you can never just observe. because my work is all about interaction. …i have lived years and years with these people. i have nothing to teach them and they have everything to teach me. ..they work hard, but want for nothing. they are happy and alive.“

eschewing digital cameras, valli continues to shoot with his leicas. “i might take an okay picture, but what i’m looking for is an enthnogrpahic testimony of the human adventure; a complete existence in one picture,” he says.


New York is home to the highest population of Tibetans outside of Tibet. On March 12, 2015, Tibetans gathered in Union Square to remember the Tibetans who have lost their lives in pursuit of freedom and commemorate the women of Tibet in honor of Women’s History Month.


Losar Fashion in Lhasa: 

I’ve found that one of the best things about Losar here in Lhasa is checking out what everyone is wearing around town. The New Year is a time to show off your new and best clothes, and Tibetans go all out to look good as they walk around the streets. I did my best to capture some of the coolest looks one afternoon. 


Massive Nepal quake kills more than 1,000 across four countries

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 1,180 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in more than 80 years.

At least 1,130 people were confirmed dead across Nepal, according to the police. Another 34 were killed in India, 12 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died in the Nepal-China border. The death toll is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.

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To date, there have been a total of 14 Dalai Lamas over a period of 700 years. Each time the current spiritual leader of Tibet dies, he is reincarnated into a young child who is then groomed to be the next Dalai Lama. This follows the Buddhist belief that all life is cyclical and everlasting. Except the current Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, says he may choose not reincarnate this time.

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