Nepal earthquake survivor on drive to help others

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A TEENAGER lucky to be alive after Nepal’s killer earthquake has vowed to help those she’s left behind in the disaster zone.

Megan Evans thought she’d be buried alive under a pile of rubble as she waited out the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, estimated to have killed more than 6,000 people, after it struck the southern Asian nation last Saturday.

But almost miraculously, the 18-year-old, teaching in Kathmandu during a gap year, survived, and on Thursday, she was flown home by the British Embassy.

The Cleadon teenager was met at Stansted Airport in Essex by her mum Michelle, a South Shields GP, and sister Lydia, 22.

Now Megan, a former Whitburn Academy student, and her friends, have set up a Just Giving account to raise cash for survivors left without homes, food, water or electricity.

She said: “I’m so lucky to be home and alive, but I can’t stop thinking about all of the people I’ve left behind, and I don’t know what’s happened to the friends I have made and had to leave behind.

This is their life now and they will be suffering for years to come. People really do need to donate and help.

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“It doesn’t seem right, in a way, that I have escaped because I am a British citizen.

“This is their life now, and they will be suffering for years to come. People really do need to donate and help.”

Megan, starting a degree in earth science at Cardiff University in September, is thankful to Nepalese people who helped her following the quake and the British Army Gurkhas who took her to safety at one of their training camps.

Megan, who also lives with dad Nigel, and sister, Laura, 16, said: “We have all been so lucky.

“A lady who owned a guesthouse allowed us to stay with her the first night, but the following day, during the aftershocks, the old part of her building collapsed.

“After that the Gurkhas took us to a training camp east of Kathmandu, where we stayed, living on Army rations, until we were flown out.”

To donate to the Nepal survivors, visit www.justgiving.com/earthquakenepalappeal.

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