Gavin Gough is an editorial, humanitarian and travel photographer, working on assignment with NGOs and international news media, sharing human interest stories from around the world.
- Breaking news
A major, 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at mid-day on Saturday, 29th April, 2015. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital city of Kathmandu and across the country were destroyed, leaving nearly 9,000 dead and 22,000 injured. Emergency services and NGO Rescue Teams attempted to clear debris and rescue survivors. Regular aftershocks hampered initial recovery efforts and much of the recovery effort was done by hand. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, which swamped Base Camps, killing 21. A huge landslide in the Langtang Valley completely destroyed homes and trekking lodges, leaving 250 people missing, presumed dead. Casualty numbers were minimised as the earthquake struck at midday on Saturday when schools were closed and many people were outside. Many thousands of homes were destroyed, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and internally displaced.
UN ESCAP in China
The Social Development Division of the UN ESCAP agency works to promote the rights of vulnerable social groups, such as the poor, persons with disabilities, the elderly, young people, persons affected by AIDS and HIV, women and migrants. This assignment produced images which are empowering but which also convey the problematic issues of development work in the region.