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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,

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