Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Burnt books in Kathmandu
Sharing from Nationatl Geographic.com. Photograph by Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters
This aerial photo shows police in Nepal looking through burnt books following a massive fire at a tourist hub in Kathmandu, Nepal (map). Local media reported that flames first sparked in the kitchen of a lounge and bar when a cooking gas cylinder exploded. Flames spread quickly to two other buildings, including a large bookstore.
No deaths were reported, but hundreds of books did suffer from the incident.
Why We Love It
"The overhead shot gives you a sense of how overwhelming the clean-up process will be for the police. The picture is intriguing because its subject matter is not immediately clear; we need to squint at it for a few moments to understand what is going on in the frame."—Alia Wilhelm, photo intern