Nepal in Need co-founders trapped in earthquake are finally safe
PUBLISHED: 08:52 14 May 2015
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Two trustees of a Norfolk charity have managed to return safely to Nepal's capital after being stranded on a mountain following a second earthquake.
Catherine Blaiklock and Gyaljen Sherpa, co-founders and trustees of Nepal in Need, were distributing aid near to the epicentre of the second quake on Tuesday and ended up being stranded 3,000 metres up a mountain due to the risk of landslides.
The charity’s chairman, David Ellis, said the pair, who are Norfolk-based, and another Nepalese supporter of the charity had managed to return to Khartoum.
However, they found their hotel unsafe to enter and had to spend the night in a tent they pitched at the side of the road.
Dr Ellis said yesterday: “They are fine today and now busy loading up a lorry with more supplies of rice and provisions to set off again tomorrow for another delivery to the areas most badly affected.
“It has been a difficult time and challenging time for them.”
Nepal was just beginning to rebuild after the devastating April 25 tremor, when it was hit by a magnitude-7.3 earthquake. Tuesday’s quake killed at least 76 people, injured another 2,700 and caused landslides that blocked roads and slowed the delivery of relief supplies.
Chautara, a foothills town that became a hub for rescuers and humanitarian aid after the first earthquake, was badly hit.
Officials there said at least three people had died on Tuesday and more than 60 were injured.
The Eastern Daily Press teamed up with Unicef UK to raise money to help children affected by the disaster, and already £30,000 has been raised.
Nepal in Need, which has also been inundated with donations, flew out a team of surgeons from James Paget University Hospital, who have been operating on survivors.
Dr Ellis said they were due to be flying back to the UK yesterday and added: “We have been stunned by the generosity of people. I think people have been keen to give to Nepal in Need because they have seen we have responded quickly to this and we are able to get resources moving quickly to the places where it’s needed most.
“They see that although we are a small charity we are an effective charity.”
Dr Ellis is flying out to join the rest of the team in Nepal on Sunday, but said he was not looking to take more volunteers out until the end of the monsoon season, because the situation is still unstable.
But he said: “Nepal is a poor country and they need lots of help, and they will do for many months to come and we will do our best to provide that support for them.”
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