Former Somersham woman survives second earthquake in Nepal

PHASE Nepal helping people in the aftermath of the earthquake outside their former centre

PHASE Nepal helping people in the aftermath of the earthquake outside their former centre - Credit: Archant

A former Suffolk woman living in Nepal has survived the latest earthquake – and is looking for more donations to support relief efforts in the country.

Aid at Kathmandu Airport

Aid at Kathmandu Airport - Credit: Archant

Helen Karki Chettri lives in Kathmandu with Nepali husband Nir, with both working for charities.

Nir was delivering aid close to the epicentre of today’s 7.3 magnitude tremor in the east of the country but was unharmed while Helen and five-week-old baby Isabelle have also escaped any injury.

Helen, 34, was brought up in Lower Somersham near Ipswich and went to Claydon and Thurleston High Schools.

Angela Colclough, former Colchester General Hospital consultant and Helen’s mum, said Isabelle was sleeping through everything, while the family dog, chocolate Labrador Bert, was giving early warnings before earthquakes struck – meaning the family will now leave the house if he is unsettled.

Isabelle Karki Chettri

Isabelle Karki Chettri - Credit: Archant


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Dr Colclough, from Stoke-by-Nayland, was in Nepal for the major earthquake two weeks ago and is urging people to donate to PHASE Nepal, the organisation Nir, 32, works for.

Almost £10,000 has been raised since Dr Colclough’s first appeal when she returned from Nepal after the first large earthquake – half of the appeal target.

To donate visit the appeal website.

Angela Colclough with Helen Karki Chettri and daughter Isabelle

Angela Colclough with Helen Karki Chettri and daughter Isabelle - Credit: Archant

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