23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 29-04-2015 05:17

      Salford teacher narrowly avoids Nepal earthquake horror

      A TEACHER from Salford City College has said that he feels lucky to be alive after avoiding the Nepal earthquake by only a few days.

      EverestThe Team: Michael Hales, Jay Standish, Jennifer Edlington and Simon Edlington

      Michael Hales, 40, had been at the Everest base camp trekking with a group of fellow adventurers only a week before the disaster on April 25 which has so far claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people.

      Credit: The Guardian

      The earthquake, which registered at 7.8 on the Richter scale (out of 10), caused an avalanche on Mount Everest, destroying the base camp which Michael and his team had visited and killing 18 people.

      Michael said: “It's been a horrible week to be honest. We had been home for four days when the earthquake struck and it was a shock to all of us as we had made friends with our guides.

      "Thankfully they have got in touch over Facebook and they are all ok and their familes are all ok too which is a relief because some of the Sherpa's have just had babies.

      "To think that we had been in Katmandu and at the base camp where the avalanche happened a week before was scary.

      "On our last day some of us went white water rafting in the Trisuli river which was actually the epicentre so had it been a few days after we'd have been rafting in the epicentre when it happened. It's quite scary but humbling.

      "Nepal is such a run down country, the people have nothing and they need help. What is good to see is that so many tourists have been helping the relief effort by getting involved with the temporary hospitals and kitchens. Had we still been there, that is exactly what we would have been doing."


      World's Deadliest EarthquakesCredit: Toby Cryne

      Nepal’s Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala has warned that the death toll could reach 10,000. As it currently stands, at 5,000 it is the worst earthquake since the 2011 disaster in Honshu, Japan which claimed the lives of more than 18,000 people.


      The country is now calling on international aid to help treat more than 10,000 casualties and continue searching through the rubble for survivors.

      Charities such as Oxfam have been helping to install temporary water supplies and provide food and amenities to the people of the country. Prime Minister David Cameron has also pledged £15 million to the relief fund.

      To donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee visit: www.dec.org.uk/appeals/nepal-earthquake-appeal

      Toby Cryne