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Discovery Channel to air special show on Nepal earthquake

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel will air ‘Earthquake: Disaster In Nepal’, a new programme that will explore the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on 25 April and the subsequent 7.3-magnitude one on 12 May.

The one-hour show will air on Discovery’s factual channels worldwide in over 220 countries and territories around the world.

It will air on Discovery Channel in India on 15 June at 9 pm.

The special programme will explore the science of seismology and investigate the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal this year.

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific EVP and GM South Asia and Southeast Asia Rahul Johri said, “Earthquake: Disaster In Nepal transports viewers into the heart of an earthquake, one of the most terrifying experiences known to humankind. This absorbing special covers everything from the science behind the events to highly personal stories of people who experienced them.”

The channel has also produced a public service announcement featuring several of its personalities like Bear Grylls, Jeremy Wade, Bob Blumer and Irwin family calling on viewers to support recovery efforts. This public service announcement has been on air across Asia Pacific since the beginning of May.

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April caused severe destruction, amassing a death toll of over 8,000 people, including 18 climbers who were at Mount Everest’s Base Camp during the time of the quake. Historic buildings in the centre of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, were reduced to rubble and generations-old family homes collapsed in clouds of dust.

The show will feature expert interviews and seismic simulations to explain the science behind the earthquakes, footage of the rescue operations in Kathmandu, news reports from around the globe and exclusive glimpses of new technology and research being developed to help humanity better predict and cope with natural events such as earthquakes.

The programme will also feature first-hand accounts from those who survived the natural disaster, from a mother whose baby was buried for 22 hours and a student who was crushed under a multi-story building in the city’s Durbar Square, to a newlywed couple caught up in the avalanche at Everest’s Base Camp 1.

In addition, it will supplement these first-hand accounts with user-generated content and social media. The special show will also feature first hand testimonies of an Indian survivor and Indian personnel involved in rescue operations in Nepal.