Woman speaks of earthquake terrror

Sarah Killian, who has managed to make it back from Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.
Sarah Killian, who has managed to make it back from Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.
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A woman has spoken of her terror after getting caught up in Nepal’s disaster.

Sarah Killian, 25, had just completed the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal with her friend when the deadly earthquake struck.

The friends were returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara at the time and Ms Killian said she heard screams as buildings collapsed around her.

“Having spent several hours on a bus we were enjoying some lunch in a restaurant when suddenly we found ourselves on our feet, running down a shaking staircase, desperately trying to keep our balance,” she said.

“Animals were racing past us and we could hear screams and the sound of the building behind us crumbling. It was a further minute before the ground stopped moving.

“Shaken up and confused we continued to Kathmandu on foot and experienced several more aftershocks. It wasn’t until we approached the city that we realised the enormity of the situation.”

The girls took refuge in a hotel which had survived the quake and spent a terrifying night in the building’s lobby.

Ms Killian, originally from Skircoat Green, added: “The once noisy city was eerily silent apart from a few locals singing to keep up their morale.”

Amid the chaos the friends managed to catch their pre-booked flight to Delhi, despite further aftershocks, power cuts and delays.

“I am so relieved to be home, but I am still very worried and concerned for fellow tourists and Nepalese friends who are still going through this traumatic disaster,” she said.

She urged people to donate money to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal.