Nepal Earthquake: Mumbai's survivors stay back to help

Duo who was stranded at the base camp of MT Everest turn down evacuation to volunteer, narrate their experience

Sauraj: The earthquake had destroyed 70 per cent of the base camp. There were roughly 700 people of which 22 people lost their lives and 60 of them were severely injured. Hence, they had to be air lifted. After the disaster, there was complete destruction everywhere. My companion Samir Patham and I started providing first aid to the people and waved out to the helicopters to airlift the ones who had suffered severe back and head injuries and fractures.

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Samir Patham and Sauraj Jhingan
Samir Patham and Sauraj Jhingan

We also arranged sleeping bags for people to share and provided for food. Every camp has its own kitchen but all of them were squashed except ours, which was at a lower level. Preparing the food and distributing it was tedious for us and our staff, as a few of them too were injured. The evacuation process was done on the basis on seriousness of the injuries suffered by a climber.

The situation at 18,000 feet is worse than what at 14,000 feet hence one couldn’t plan to be stationed at one particular place. We started descending on Friday. By then there were hardly any people left at the base camp. We still have extra ration with us which we will distribute it to few of the villages en route Kathmandu.

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SAMIR: It was terrifying! We didn’t know if we’d make it through and were visibly shaken. However once we realised how bad it was for the other camps, we felt that we were spared for a reason and decided to stay back and and help in whatever small way we could.

Helpline Numbers

Indian embassy in Kathmandu: +977 9851107021, 9851135141
Police emergency number: 4228435/4226853
Metropolitan police range: +977 4261945/ (Kathmandu) +977 4261790
Metropolitan police range (Lalitpur): +977 5521207
Metropolitan police range (Bhaktapur): +977 6614821
Paropkar Ambulance service: +977 4260859
Lalitpur Red Cross ambulance service: +977 5545666
Bishal Bazaar Ambulance service: +977 4244121
Red Cross ambulance service: +977 4228094

Indian MEA 24-hr helpline numbers
+91 11 2301 2113
+91 11 2301 4104
+91 11 2301 7905

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