Earthquake death toll rises to 30,000

Is it possible to even comprehend, on a personal level, what 30,000 dead means? Thirty thousand human beings, gone.

When I was 7, the town I lived in had 1000 residents – 30 of those towns are now erased from existence. When I was 12, the town I lived in had 300 residents – 100 of those towns are now gone.

When I went to see The Monsters of Rock in 1988, there were about 30,000 spectators in the stands – that entire stadium could be gone now, assuming that they were all from Kashmir.