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People of Nepal sit outside at night as tremors from the devastating earthquake continue

World Vision
26 April 2015 by Sunjuli Singh
People of Nepal sit outside at night as tremors from the devastating earthquake continue

"I saw children crying they didn't want to let go of their parents," World Vision's Rosalyn Lorin is on the ground in Kathmandu. Photo by Rosalyn Lorin, World Vision

Right now, it’s 8pm and it looks like it’s going to rain. It’s dark, all the lights are off due to no electricity, and I’m sitting outside on a mat with my family and my neighbours in an open space near our houses.

Around us, I can see a lot of houses with walls completely broken down. There’s a large apartment building near my house and you can see the cracks up the wall. I’ve been told that everyone has left that building and have had to find shelter elsewhere.

An example of the destruction caused by the Nepal Earthquake. Photo by Rosalyn Lorin, World Vision

An example of the destruction caused by the Nepal Earthquake. Photo by Rosalyn Lorin, World Vision

My family and I won’t go inside because the aftershocks are still coming, the last one was 15 minutes ago. Everyone here is in fear, sitting in the dark. We had always heard that there would be a big earthquake in Kathmandu, and we’re not sure if this is the one they talked about, or if there’s another one coming.

When it hit, I was in a football ground watching a match, when all of a sudden the shade started to sway, left to right, left to right, and everyone shouted that we should run. After that, there was a kind of stampede and lots of people hurt themselves as they tried to escape. I kept calling my husband and my son who were at home but I couldn’t get through, so I rushed home on my scooter. Even then, I had to stop in the middle of the road twice because of two tremors.

The two Tamang brothers were playing when their house collapsed. Their mother Rekha had gone outside. When she rushed back home from not too far away her neighbours were taking out the rubbles. "Thank god even if the house is not there anymore my boys are safe with minor injuries," says Rekha. Photo by Sunjuli Singh, World Vision

The two Tamang brothers were playing when their house collapsed. Their mother Rekha had gone outside. When she rushed back home from not too far away her neighbours were taking out the rubbles. “Thank god even if the house is not there anymore my boys are safe with minor injuries,” says Rekha. Photo by Sunjuli Singh, World Vision

I recently talked to a colleague near Lamjung. They have been warning everyone at the markets that there will be more tremors, and that they should leave. Many people there are also spending the night out on farmland, away from buildings.

Before the earthquake, World Vision ran awareness programs with children to teach them what to do in emergencies. We also strengthened buildings, schools and hospitals to make them more resilient to earthquakes, and worked with government shareholders on disaster management.

Sitting here, tonight, I’m still so frightened. This is the biggest earthquake we’ve ever felt. For me, it’s the first time I’ve felt an earthquake like this, and with so many following tremors. Even my son won’t go inside. I tried telling him that it will be okay, that we can go in, but he cries and refuses. I’m sure it must be the same situation for other parents and their children around Nepal.

The local residents of Kathmandu, Nepal have been forced from their homes; they have collected money and cooked group meals at a temporary campsite. Photo by Sunjuli Singh, World Vision

The local residents of Kathmandu, Nepal have been forced from their homes; they have collected money and cooked group meals at a temporary campsite. Photo by Sunjuli Singh, World Vision

We just ate outside in the dark and are planning to stay here for as long as possible. It’s really cold tonight so I don’t know how long we’ll be able to sit outside, but because of the aftershocks, we’re too frightened to go home. We just have to wait and see how it goes.
Please do pray for us.

World Vision staff are on the ground in Nepal and are ready to respond with essential relief supplies. You can support World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response by donating here today.

Sunjuli Singh Sunjuli Singh

Sunjuli is a communications specialist for World Vision Nepal.

 

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