An aid worker who was working close to the epicentre of the second major earthquake in Nepal in recent weeks has given a video interwiew about his terrifying experience.
Care International team leader Iljitsj Wemerman was working in the hills to the north of Sindhupalchowk when the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit on 12 May.
The charity was in the area after a 7.8 magnitude quake hit the country two weeks earlier, and recently told NCE that educating local people on safe deomlition and effective rebuilding was high on its list of priorities.
Watch Wemerman’s video below:
Meanwhile, Care International emergency shelter team leader Tom Newby said the effect of the second quake had been to further limit access to many rural communities, as landslides have cut off previously accessible roads.
“Care is looking into more helicopter transport, but this is both more expensive and difficult logistically because the airport at Kathmandu is so congested,” he said.
Newby said the basic needs of local people hadn’t changed - and were still shelter, food and sanitation. But he added that fear was gripping the people and so getting information top them about how they could protect themselves and rebuild in a more resilient way was more important than ever.
“The big change is that people are now even more traumatised and scared, and their mental well-being is at serious risk,” he said.
“As a result it’s all the more important we ensure in parallel with the hardware we provide we need to ensure good protection of people and psycho-social support for both affected people and our own staff.”