FAMILY MATTERS: Chris Johnson with a family who work in a new family-style orphanage he visited in western Nepal.
FAMILY MATTERS: Chris Johnson with a family who work in a new family-style orphanage he visited in western Nepal. Contributed

Durong man caught in quake chaos

MONKEYS climbing over walls, women screaming and people running were some of Durong's Christopher Johnson's experiences at Kathmandu Airport the day the earthquake hit Nepal.

Mr Johnson was due to fly out of Kathmandu at 11.30pm on April 25 but was stuck in chaos after the 7.9 magnitude quake.

For two nights he slept under trees, unsure of when he would be able to leave.

With no food, no water and no communication, he said he was lucky he had a sleeping bag.

"I got off the bus and had just picked my luggage up, when the ground vibrated like I was standing on a skateboard," Mr Johnson said. "There were ladies running and screaming and a brick wall with monkeys climbing all over it. It lasted about 30 seconds."

He said the disaster highlighted the compassion and human spirit of those in Nepal.

"I met lots of lovely people," he said. "I'd go back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

"Every time a plane landed and took off, people clapped and cheered.

"I had to leave my bags with someone. They gave me water and biscuits and were lovely people."

Mr Johnson teamed up with others he found who were in the same boat and they helped each other every step of the way home.

He had made the trip to Nepal as a volunteer with organisation 3 Angels to help build a chicken coop in a small village to give them an income. One of the villages Mr Johnson had trekked to was left without a single building standing after the quake.

Luckily, the large coop for 400 chickens that Chris helped build was still in one piece, enabling villagers to earn an income after the earthquake disaster.

Nepal trip

  • 3 Angels helps impoverished communities in Western Nepal on near the border crossing to India where human trafficking is rife.
  • About 17,000 were saved from trafficking last year and another 20,000 were trafficked or disappeared.
  • The death toll of the earthquake is more than 8,000.
  • There is a donation box at Kingaroy Plumbing Works for visit Asian Aid
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