Hiker tells of quake ter­ror in Nepal

Salford Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Char­lotte Cox

AHIKER who was walk­ing in the Hi­malayas when the earth­quake hit Nepal is now stranded at the cen­tre of the heart­break­ing dev­as­ta­tion.

Joanne Hinds, 30, from Swin­ton, Sal­ford, had re­cently left Ever­est base camp when the 7.8 mag­ni­tude quake struck and caused a huge avalanche, killing 17 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 61 oth­ers stay­ing there.

Fur­ther up the moun­tain, about 100 climbers were safe but stranded as the route down was dam­aged. Res­cue ef­forts are on­go­ing.

Joanne and a friend, who had ful­filled a life­long dream of set­ting foot on Ever­est, were just hours from base camp and trekking through re­mote coun­try­side when the quake struck.

The ground shook and cracked be­neath them, ter­ri­fy­ing the pair and sur- round­ing vil­lagers.

Jack Hinds, Joanne’s brother, told our sis­ter pa­per the M.E.N.: “Joanne had lit­er­ally left base camp two days ago and then it got hit – she was very lucky. Lots of peo­ple were killed. We are so re­lieved she is okay but it’s still so, so sad.

“It was tense and it was good to get the call from Joanne’s friend’s mum say­ing they had been in touch and they were fine. Then Joanne called but the line was aw­ful.

“She just said she was in a safe place and that she wasn’t hurt. She was in shock be­cause they had felt the earth­quake badly, the ground was crack­ing.

“It is so, so sad. The pic- tures com­ing out are dev­as­tat­ing. Joanne has seen some sights, crum­bled build­ings and the hu­man toll in the vil­lages. She is very up­set.”

More than 2,000 peo­ple are now re­ported to have died and a pow­er­ful af­ter­shock was felt yes­ter­day. In Kathmandu, it wrecked houses, flat­tened world her­itage sites and dis­placed thou­sands of fam­i­lies.

Joanne told our sis­ter pa­per, the M.E.N. she was not yet ready to talk about the dis­as­ter.

But her brother Jack man­aged to speak to her and they have had con­tact over so­cial me­dia.

Joanne, a keen trav­eller who now lives in Bris­tol and works as a re­searcher at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath, is booked to fly out via Dubai on Tues­day.

With travel now al­most im­pos­si­ble, Joanne and a friend were plan­ning to trek to the air­port in the hope they could still catch their flight.

The For­eign Of­fice has ad­vised Bri­tish na­tion­als in the area to stay ‘in a place of safety’.

●●Joanne Hinds, from Swin­ton, at the top of Mount Kil­a­man­jaro – and, right, with her brother Jack

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