In this dramatic and personal account, Helen Brown, who works for the British Red Cross in Nepal, recalls the moment the earthquake hit and the incredible emergency response.
I was sat in the departure lounge of Kathmandu airport waiting to board my plane home when the first earthquake struck.
The whole airport started to shake. Panic spread. People were screaming and pushing each other out of the way.
We managed to get out of the building on to the runway where the shaking continued. I thought the ground might crack open.
I had been due to fly back to the UK for a holiday. Instead, once the tremors had stopped, I managed to get my luggage from the plane and went back through the airport.
It started shaking again. Much to my disbelief, I saw a tourist taking ‘selfies’ next to some debris that had fallen from the ceiling. I jumped in a taxi and headed back into the capital. More