Monday, April 27, 2015

Nepal Earthquake

Just got back to UK. In Nepal we had no internet, and limited phone access due to the catastrophic blow to infrastructure as a result of the earthquake. I was also unwilling to take the satellite phone onto rooftops to find a signal as aftershocks were common - one was 6.7 on the Richter Scale! Anyway all Medex members in Nepal and staff members are safe and well. Most have managed to get flights out and those that remain are in the Gurkha camp in Kathmandu in open ground in the care of the British Embassy. They are safe but probably still have limited access to communications. Travel is chaotic and those of us that have managed to get flights owe much to Sherpa Brothers Treks for their dogged persistence in chasing airlines. Sherpa Brothers continue to assist those still awaiting flights. 

Although we were unscathed I fear that that much damage has happened in the rural communities that has yet to be reported. This has been a catastrophe for Nepal and its people.

Simon

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