Sindhupalchok District has been badly hit by the earthquake. Although Sindhupalchok is close to Kathmandu, it is one of the least developed districts in Nepal. With steep mountains and narrow roads, rescue efforts have not been easy. Most of the buildings are uninhabitable and people are living in make-shift tents with minimal supplies for day to day living. Worse, as of May 1, nearly 2,000 people in the district had died and more than 3,000 were missing; today. Many Trungram monks at Sanku Monastery are from Sindhupalchok and their families are there.