Most lived in tumble down shanty huts and many of those huts were gobbled up in the landslide.
If that and other similar incidents does not leave you questioning the existence of God what does?
Welby's interview is being aired Sunday evening on BBC1s "Songs of Praise". The archbishop says he was left searching for answers in the aftermath of November 13 and that "Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking I was praying and saying: 'God, why - why is this happening?" "Where are you in all this?' And then engaging and talking to God. Yes, I doubt."
On September 2014 Justin Welby made headlines again questioning the existence of god. He admitted there were times he asked why if god is 'out there’ he does not intervene to prevent daily horrors.
But his flock need to be led by a person who believes in the almighty; if he has doubts how can he enable his 'parishioners' to believe?
The Paris attacks, scenes of beheadings by Daesh, floggings by authorities in Saudi Arabia, personal tragedy, 9/11, the Nepal earthquake, mass shootings in the U.S.A., floods, disease and more tend to destroy the armour of faith in many people in the 21st Century.
The idea of an all-powerful but all forgiving Christian god is a difficult concept that needs blind faith.
You may say that much of what is done, such as acts of atrocity especially in the name of a god, are not God's fault; how people behave and opt to use their religion is often the problem.
But an all-powerful god would surely be able to intervene?
Justin Welby may be an honest and open individual but if he struggles with his faith he should spare a thought or two for the rest of us.
Also this weekend "Welby bids to defuse Church of England’s ‘demographic time bomb’" Guardian