Hull woman returns home after being caught up in Nepal earthquake

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by KCFM

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A Hull woman has told KCFM she feels lucky to be alive after she survived the Nepal earthquake.

Ele Walker Corriette, who’s six months pregnant, was on a business trip with her husband when the quake hit.

She described the moment the tremor began:

“The room started to shake and the ground started to sway. We were on the fifth floor, so we felt a lot of movement. When it was eventually over that’s when you could hear all the screams of the people in the neighbourhood. They were just terrified. It was just like blood-curdling screams.”

The building they were in was damaged, but Ele says they were the fortunate ones:

“As we walked back to the hotel, just about fifty metres away, was a hotel which had collapsed entirely, killing everyone inside. And when you see things like that, it of course is terrifying and it could just so easily have been us.”

Ele is now back in the UK,  and says she’s in contact with her friends in Nepal to co-ordinate a fundraising plan:

“It’s certainly heart-breaking to think that they’re still there in all of this, but it’s fantastic that they’re being so good with communication and this is allowing us to develop a long-term fundraising plan, to make sure we can support them in getting back on their feet.”

But she says it could take years to get the country back on its feet:

“The pressing need for people is to have homes again. There are villages that have been completely flattened, I mean where no house has survived. I would imagine we’re talking years really to get things back to how they were.”

More than seven thousand people are now known to have died in the disaster.

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Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by KCFM

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