Nepal Sports Journalist confirmed dead after massive Nepal quake

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Kathamandu (Nepal)- Suman Bomjan, a member the Nepal Sports Journalist Forum (NSJF), on Saturday found in Kathmandu, eight days after the earthquake which left over 6, 500 dead.

Bomjan, was found buried in the rubble of his ruined house by the rescue and emergency team in Mahaboudha, one of the worst hit areas in Kathmandu.

His home was one of the four houses completely destroyed by the 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal last weekend.

Thousands of people are still in Nepal, with emergency teams pulling bodies from the rubble, a task compounded by the aftershocks.

The police estimated that over 8 of Nepal’s 28 million people were affected.

The 30-year old had been working for a local daily Gorkhapatra as a sports journalist for the last five years.

On the day the earthquake struck, he had been assigned to cover a regional Asian football U-14 tournament, where the local team was scheduled to play the Bangladesh side.

He originally hailed from the district of Hetauda in the central region of Nepal and was leading the NSJF Makawanpur Branch.

A former President of the Nepalese Sports Journalists Forum, Niranjan Rajbanshi, was part of the family and search team that was looking for Bomjan in hospitals.

When they could not trace him, the search was redirected to his home.

A heartbroken Rajbanshi eulogized his departed colleague, whom he described as an ‘energetic and dedicated’ journalist.

“His death has hit us hard; we are all very sad. He was an energetic young journalist concentrated his efforts in covering junior and youth teams.

“He was set to be part of the organising team for our association district sports in Mawanpur.
“We have lost a good friend,” Rajbanshi said from Kathmandu.(AIPS/NAN)