Towards a model for disaster management at community level.
It is bad enough when the current political disputes, demonstrations, and destabilization is added to Kathmandu's steady decline, degradation, and decadence at all levels. You only need an earthquake to complete the picture of complete doom!
If statistics or scientific evidence is anything to go by, Nature in the form of tectonic plate activity far below us is working steadily to fulfill its quiet destiny and guarantee us a catastrophe of the likes of "The Last Days of Pompeii".
Earthquakes in Gujarat (India), Bam (Iran), Muzaffarabad (Pakistan), Sichuan (China), and the earthquake induced tsunami across the region have all occurred within a few years of each other. This is all part of a train of events which very possibly is headed towards Nepal too. The last great earthquake 77 years ago (1934) was centered in Bihar (India) and flattened most of Kathmandu. The one before that in Kangra valley (India) just celebrated its centennial in 2005 amidst dire warnings from experts of the need to prepare for another big one soon.
The leaders of the nation do not care. What should have been a national emergency gets low priority. There is no disaster plan worth anything at any level. It is every man for himself.