Waking up on April 25, Toronto resident Surendra Lawoti was startled to see news of the massive earthquake that shook his homeland of Nepal.
"The first thing on my mind was my family," said Lawoti. "At the time no one was sure about the death toll."
The photographer's parents, his sister and her family, and his brother and his family live in the central region which was rocked by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that day. The extent of the damage has been enormous and the death toll is likely to reach beyond the 8,400 that is currently being reported.
In fact, his sister's plane had just landed on the tarmac of Kathmandu's airport when the quake hit. She thought at first that "the pilots hadn't landed the plane properly," according to Lawoti.