Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Irish Oxfam worker survives second Nepal quake: 'The ground was shaking and buildings collapsing - we're lucky to be alive'

Published 12/05/2015

Nepalese patients lie on stretchers in an open area after being carried out of a hospital building as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015. A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey. The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese patients lie on stretchers in an open area after being carried out of a hospital building as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015. A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey. The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese people stand in the streets as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey. The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese people stand in the streets as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey. The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese patients are carried out of a hospital building as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey. The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a building after tremors struck New Delhi on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO /PRAKASH SINGHPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a building after exiting as a tremor struck New Delhi on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGHPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian bystander carries an injured youth who fell downstairs at Siliguri Hospital as a tremor struck in Siliguri on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet.AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian hospital staff attend to a schoolgirl who fainted as a tremor struck at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian hospital staff attend to a schoolgirl who fainted as a tremor struck at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian hospital staff and bystanders attend to a resident who fainted as a tremor struck at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian patients receives treatment at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015, following an earthquake. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian patient is watched over by a relative as she receives treatment at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015, following an earthquake. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian child is held by his father after receiving treatment at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri on May 12, 2015, after falling during an earthquake. A new earthquake of 7.3-magnitude and several powerful aftershocks hit devastated Nepal on May 12, killing at least four people and sending terrified residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital. The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and officials said it caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet.AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese people rush to safer areas as an earthquake hits Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake hit Nepal in a remote region near the Chinese border on Tuesday, less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake. (AP Photo/Bikram Rai)
Nepalese people rush to safety after an earthquake hit Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal on Tuesday, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake. (AP Photo/Bikram Rai)
A man sits as Nepalese people walk through a street after another earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)
Nepalese people gather in the middle of a road during an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Another major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)
In this photo provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), people gather in the street after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (Paul Dillon/IOM via AP)
In this photo provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), people gather in the street after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (Paul Dillon/IOM via AP)
A Nepalese man runs to safety after a second earthquake hit Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal on Tuesday, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake. (AP Photo/Bikram Rai)

An Irish charity worker has said he feels lucky to be alive as he told of the moment he witnessed the second earthquake to strike Nepal in two weeks.

The powerful earthquake follows a previous major quake which caused widespread devastation and killed more than 8,000 people.

Oxfam Ireland's humanitarian manager Colm Byrne said people were afraid of the aftershocks and landslides that could follow.

Today's 7.3 magnitude quake struck an isolated Himalayan area between the capital, Kathmandu, and Mount Everest, near the Chinese border, the US Geological Survey said.

At least four people were killed in the remote village of Chautara, the Associated Press reported, and aid agencies said they are scrambling to provide aid to areas hit again.

Speaking from the Chautara area in the Sindhupalchowk province, the region worst affected by the first earthquake which struck on April 25, Mr  Byrne said everyone is on "high alert".

He said: “I am in a rural area which was rocked by this morning’s quake. It was very powerful. The ground was shaking and buildings were collapsing. I’ve also seen people being carried on stretchers.

“We are lucky to be alive, five minutes earlier or later and it could have been a different story. People are shocked and scared by what’s happened. The fear now is what could follow. Everyone is on high alert for aftershocks and landslides.”

Chautara is about 40km from the epicentre of today’s earthquake.

The charity worker said the Nepalese people now need shelter more urgently than ever.

Volunteers and emergency workers search for bodies buried under the debris of one of the temples at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
Volunteers and emergency workers search for bodies buried under the debris of one of the temples at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
This picture taken on April 26, 2015 shows Nepalese students and Chinese students gathering to pray for Nepal in Nanhua University in Hengyang, central China's Hunan province. International rescue teams and relief supplies began arriving in Nepal's devastated capital on April 27 to help terrified and homeless survivors of a quake that has killed more than 3,200 people in the impoverished nation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks out of a damaged house in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Undated handout photo issued by International Federation of Red Cross of rescue work in Kathmandu, Nepal following an earthquake which left more than 3,500 dead and thousands of others injured. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 27, 2015. See PA story QUAKE Nepal. Photo credit should read: Carl Whetham/IFRC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Israeli women cuddle a newborn baby of a homosexual couple who was born in Nepal to a surrogate mother after they were repatriated to Israel from quake-hit Nepal, a Tel Aviv airport, on April 27, 2015. Israel began repatriating its nationals from Nepal, including two groups of babies born to surrogate mothers in Kathmandu whose fathers are homosexual Israelis, officials said. Nepal has become a destination for people seeking to have children through surrogate mothers, though the practice is controversial, with critics saying it exploits the poverty of women. AFP PHOTO / TOMER NEUBERG == ISRAEL OUT ==Tomer Neuberg/AFP/Getty Images
An Israeli homosexual man carries his baby inside a bus at a Tel Aviv airport after they were repatriated from quake-hit Nepal, on April 27, 2015. Israel began repatriating its nationals from quake-hit Nepal, including two groups of babies born to surrogate mothers in Kathmandu whose fathers are homosexual Israelis, officials said. Nepal has become a destination for people seeking to have children through surrogate mothers, though the practice is controversial, with critics saying it exploits the poverty of women. AFP PHOTO / TOMER NEUBERG == ISRAEL OUT ==Tomer Neuberg/AFP/Getty Images
A wall at the Kathmandu airport that collapsed during Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Chaos has reigned at Kathmandu's small airport since the earthquake, with the onslaught of relief flights causing major backups on the tarmac. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Nepalese carry the body of their relative killed in the recent earthquake for cremation at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving some tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
A Nepalese man waits for the cremation of his relative killed in the recent earthquake, at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving some tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Video taken from a drone Saturday April 25 2015 shows devastation in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, caused by Saturday's quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday April 27 2015, as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4-thousand, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo / KISHNOR RANA)
Video taken from a drone Saturday April 25 2015 shows devastation in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, caused by Saturday's quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday April 27 2015, as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4-thousand, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo / KISHNOR RANA)
Video taken from a drone Saturday April 25 2015 shows devastation in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, caused by Saturday's quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday April 27 2015, as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4-thousand, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo / KISHNOR RANA)
Nepalese victims of Saturdays earthquake lie inside an Indian air force helicopter as they are evacuated from Trishuli Bazar to Kathmandu airport in Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Nepalese family collects belongings from their home destroyed in Saturday's earthquake, in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese soldiers carry a wounded woman to a waiting Indian air force helicopter as they evacuate victims of Saturdays earthquake from Trishuli Bazar to Kathmandu airport in Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A hindu priest lights the funeral pyre of a victim of Saturday's earthquake, at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving some tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Local residents walk past vehicles held up in a traffic jam on the mountain highway from Kathmandu near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Video taken from a drone Saturday April 25 2015 shows devastation in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, caused by Saturday's quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday April 27 2015, as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4-thousand, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo / KISHNOR RANA)
Suresh, 16, right, watches as a priest prepares the funeral pyre for his younger brother Umesh, 13, killed in Saturday's earthquake, at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving some tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Video taken from a drone Saturday April 25 2015 shows devastation in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, caused by Saturday's quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday April 27 2015, as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4-thousand, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo / KISHNOR RANA)
A Nepalese man has food inside a tent as people stay on open ground from fears of earthquake tremors in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepals capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturdays earthquake, wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
In this photo provided by World Vision, a house stands destroyed by Saturdays earthquake at Paslang village in Gorkha municipality, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Reports received so far by the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, near the epicenter of Saturday's quake, said he was in desperate need of help. (Bishwo Ghimire/World Vision via AP)
In this handout picture released on April 27, 2015 an RAF C-17 is loaded with aid at RAF Brize Norton, north west of London to be flown to Nepal. The flight will include more than 1,100 shelter kits and over 1,700 solar lanterns, along with a team of Gurkha engineers to assist relief efforts after a devastating earthquake killed more than 3,800 people. AFP PHOTO / NEIL BRYDEN / MOD / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2015 RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / NEIL BRYDEN / MOD / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2015 " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVE - TO BE USED WITHIN 2 DAYS FROM APRIL 27, 2014 (48 HOURS), EXCEPT FOR MAGAZINES WHICH CAN PRINT THE PICTURE WHEN FIRST REPORTING ON THE EVENTNEIL BRYDEN/AFP/Getty Images
People search amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People search amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People search amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Residents look at collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People walk through the ruins of Bhaktapur's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks next to collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People carry their belongings amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Residents look on from the top of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese rescue personnel and volunteers observe damaged buildings in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue personnel search for survivors amidst the rubble in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue personnel search for survivors amidst the rubble in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue personnel search for survivors amidst the rubble in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, are seen on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People walk through a neighbourhood with collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
People walk through a neighbourhood with collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese people stand in line to get food from a community kitchen in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO/PRAKASH SINGHPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photo released on April 27, 2015 by the Indian Ministry of Defence shows evacuated people from earthquake-hit Nepal deboarding an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on April 26. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO / MOD ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / MOD " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS------MOD/AFP/Getty Images
Indian schoolgirls light candles for the victims of an earthquake in Nepal at a school in Amritsar on April 27, 2015. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani residents pray during a candle light vigil for the victims of Nepal earthquake in Multan on April 27, 2015. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. With fears rising of food and water shortages, people were also rushing to stores and petrol stations to stock up on supplies in the capital, ripped apart by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake. AFP PHOTO/ SS MIRZASS MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - APRIL 27: Rescue team members search for bodies in the debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving over 3000 dead and many more trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Today's major quake was deeper, at 11.5 miles (18.5km), than the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit on April 25, which was at 9.3 miles (15km) down.

This morning's quake was followed by a series of lesser aftershocks measuring from magnitude 5.6 to 6.3, the USGS reported.

It forced the closure of Kathmandu's international airport, which has been the focus of aid efforts to help people affected by last month's earthquake.

“Nepal has been devastated and now another quake means people are fleeing their homes. Existing camps for the displaced are becoming more crowded so we urgently need more shelter," Mr Byrne said.

Since April 25 thousands of people have been living outdoors in 16 sites that were designated by government in preparation for a quake.

Oxfam had an existing plan in place to deliver water and sanitation in the event of an earthquake and said they were able to move quickly to respond to the needs.

Mr Byrne continued: “We have supplies in place to help people affected by the second quake but we need more.

“The airport facilities were damaged by the first quake but our supply lines through Oxfam in India means we are able to deliver aid fast despite damage to infrastructure. If we can get more supplies we can deliver them.”

In the same area, Christian Aid emergency workers were also caught up in the terrifying quake as they continue working with partner organisations in a bid to get relief through to the area worst hit by the earthquake.

Christian Aid emergency programme officer Yeeshu Shukla, already in Nepal to help co-ordinate relief efforts after the first earthquake, was also in the Sindhupalchowk region, when the building he was in began shaking.

He said: “For a moment, I felt that the building I was in would come down. We rushed out. Everyone was out on the street, some of them panicking, with mothers screaming, looking for their children. There were four or five severe after-shocks and some buildings collapsed.

“Travelling later towards Kathmandu the roads were lined with people too scared to re-enter buildings, with heaps of rubble where some had structures had collapsed.

“Now the race is to get relief through to the worst hit areas – clothing and other essentials. There is a shortage of drivers, however, many of whom have returned to their homes to be with their families.”

Nick Guttmann, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian had just arrived in the country to monitor the progress of Christian Aid’s initial relief efforts.

He was visiting a partner agency in Kathmandu before visiting a distribution point when a slight tremor ran through the building.

He said: "Outside, the ground looked like it was rippling.

“We didn’t know where to go and stayed under some corrugated iron.”

An hour after the earthquake, he said: “People were walking round the streets, not knowing what to do, I heard one woman ask ‘What is happening to Nepal’.”

Since the first earthquake struck, Christian Aid said it has worked through partner organisations in Nepal distributing blankets, tarpaulins, food, water purification equipment and water purification tablets to communities struggling to rebuild their lives.

In addition to €50,000 received from Irish Aid, Christian Aid Ireland said it is grateful to the general public and to the churches in Ireland for the Nepal Earthquake appeals launched on its behalf.

Oxfam is now seeking public support for its appeal. Donate at www.oxfamireland.org, in your local shops, or by calling 0800 0 30 40 55.

Further reading:

Nepal hit by 7.4 earthquake as it struggles to recover from disaster just weeks ago that killed more than 8,000 people

Belfast trader caught in Nepal earthquake vows to keep backing country in wake of devastation

£50m in public donations to Nepal

Nepal earthquake: Derry climber and her partner cheat death as avalanche buries Base Camp

Mother's agony after uncle dies in Nepal earthquake  

Online Editors

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph