A Victoria man, who was in Nepal when disaster struck on April 25th, says he feels lucky he survived an avalanche triggered by the earthquake.
“When you see a cloud of snow about 150 feet high coming towards you pretty damn quick, you don’t know what it is and you don’t know what it’s going to do.”
Tim Smith says his climbing group was near a base camp on Mount Everest… and they survived by jumping behind some rocks.
“You know, when it happens that quick, you just, you don’t know. You just respond. Things don’t make a lot of sense initially and then, afterwards, it kind of sinks in and you go, ‘Wow, that was pretty close.’ ”
“The first 24 to 36 hours is absolute chaos. Our government hasn’t done a great job getting the message out.”
Smith is a professional engineering geologist who says local first responders may be ready for disaster, but..
“The general public, I don’t think, has a clue, so we need to know a little more about what the plan is. We don’t have to be part of the plan, but just know that here’s how the plan is going to work and here’s what we expect you to do.”
Smith, who’s been to Nepal three times, says having access to a wifi signal is crucial.
He was near a base camp on Mount Everest and had to walk five days to get to the nearest airport…before eventually making his way home.
The April 25th earthquake killed at least 75-hundred people and injured more than 14-thousand.
Smith says he wants to use his expertise as a professional engineering geologist to help rebuild Nepal.