Leeds survivor tells of Nepal earthquake terror

BEFORE THE QUAKE: Lucy Hall at Sansar Nepal, the non-governmental organisation in Pokhara, Nepal, run by her mum Michelle Bliss.
BEFORE THE QUAKE: Lucy Hall at Sansar Nepal, the non-governmental organisation in Pokhara, Nepal, run by her mum Michelle Bliss.
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A former Leeds woman has spoken of her terror after surviving the devastating Nepal earthquake.

Lucy Hall was on a 200km bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu on Saturday, when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the city and the capital.

It is believed to have killed 3,726 people and injured 6,500 and her family endured an agonising 12-hour wait before finding out she was alive and well.

However, she is now living in constant fear of a second, bigger quake said to be on the way; shops are running out of food and water, there have been multiple tremors and she is having to sleep outside to stay safe from falling masonry.

Lucy, who has been travelling around South East Asia with boyfriend Jesse Gerwien since December, said: “No one could get in touch with me so it was a scary few hours.

“Tremors were still happening so this made everyone worry even more.”

She added: “When it hit I was at a lunch stop in the mountains.

“It was so scary, everyone ran to the main road scared of falling buildings and electricity lines.

“I saw dust coming up all around the mountains, heard rumblings, saw cracks in roads and buildings.

“One bus was on the side of the road with a massive dent in it and we drove past a hospital with all injured people on beds outside in the road as it’s not safe to be in buildings.”

Lucy, who worked as an events manager for law firm DLA Piper in Leeds before moving to London, added: “You are constantly anxious. Any time anything moves you freeze and hope it’s just a light tremor.”

The couple were already booked to fly from Kathmandu to Delhi this Thursday but are not sure it will definitely happen as flights are being rescheduled.

Lucy’s mum Michelle Bliss, who runs a non-governmental organisation in Pokhara aimed at improving life for locals, was also fortunate to escape unscathed. Go to sansarnepal.org to find out more about the project

There are many ways to donate to the relief fund including unicef.org.uk/landing-pages/Donate-Nepal-Earthquake.

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