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People's Daily reporters: What we saw in quake-hit Nepal

(People's Daily Online)    16:23, May 13, 2015
Many houses are ruined in the earthquake. (People's Daily/Yang Xun)

Editor's Note: Another strong earthquake of 7.5-magnitude quake struck Nepal at 3:05 p.m. (Beijing time) on May 12, 2015. Lu Pengfei and Yang Xun, special correspondents of the People's Daily travelled to Nepal for disaster coverage. When the earthquake hit, they were there and reported the disaster and relief efforts at the scene.

May 12, Sunny

Sindhupalchok County, near the border of China and Nepal, when the strong earthquake hit, we were there.

Lu Pengfei and Yang Xun went to Nepal for disaster coverage.

We drove to Sindhupalchok County, together with Zhang Jun, the manager of the Tibet Bookstore in Katmandu, who is also a volunteer in earthquake relief work in Nepal. We set out at 10 a.m. (Local time) with over 200 bags of rice, some salt, oil and flour in the truck. The destination locates in the mountainous area, which has a bumpy and narrow path only allowing one or two cars to pass. Driving on the dust road, our mouths were full of sand.

When arrived at the village, we stopped at a store, thinking about how to distribute the goods and materials. Suddenly a new earthquake struck the village. The ground shook violently, women screaming in horror and local people shouting in hurry.

"We were feeling that we were going to die in the earthquake. My family had two houses. One was flattened and the other was the food stand in the street which suffered less damage. Now we live in the tent that Chinese rescuers gave us," said Sami, a 14-year-old girl.

"My wife and daughter live in Katmandu. I phoned them at the first time. Knowing they were safe made me feel at ease. India and the US also carried out relief work in my country, but I think Chinese rescuers did best," said Zafar, a business man in the village.

We drove to another village named Dandahok, which is home to more than 80 families. All the houses in the village were ruined. People were waiting for relief materials.

When coming back to Katmandu, we saw many crevices on the walls of their house. It was dark outside and we decided to make a bed on the ground outdoors.


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(Editor:Wang Ao,Gao Yinan)

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