KIWIS’ TERROR OF NEPAL AFTER SHOCKS
the locals went crazy, they started closing up their shops and running away.’’
The friends walked about one mile up the road and sat in a park with thousands of other terrified people.
They remained there for five hours, while frequent aftershocks ‘‘rumbled and shook’’.
‘‘There was screaming and yelling. The aftershocks were the hardest to deal with,’’ Hodge says.
Tens of thousands of people are sleeping outdoors in fear of continuing aftershocks.
There are shortages of water, food and electricity, and fears of outbreaks of disease as the monsoon season approaches.
The death toll could go up, as search and rescue teams struggle to get to remote villages.
The Hodges arrived in Nepal on March 31 to undertake a 15-day trek to Everest Base Camp to celebrate Marie’s 50th birthday.
Around mid April they returned to Kathmandu where they met their two daughters, Tash, 28, and Grace, 22 for a week’s sightseeing before a planned trip to India.
After the initial quake,