Portrush man witnesses Nepal earthquake

Eyewitness: Barry Torrens in Nepal.
Eyewitness: Barry Torrens in Nepal.
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A local man trekking in Nepal has told of the devastation he witnessed after the country’s deadliest earthquake for more than 80 years.

Barry Torrens, from Portrush, said his party were crossing a river when the earthquake struck.

“It was a tremendous rumble and the local guides were quite concerned. It was a very guttural shake underneath the feet, the top of the mountain started to fall down onto the highway - rocks and bricks and half the mountain started to come down into the river,” he said.

“We stepped onto the other river bank, they brought out their mobile phones - the lead guide and the second in command, their houses had been destroyed as quick as that.

“We made our way back to Kathmandu and it was just a scene of devastation the whole way through.”

Mr Torrens said buildings they had been in earlier that day were gone when they returned to their hotel.

Rescue efforts are intensifying as volunteers and experts rush to the country to help in the wake of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and this morning’s aftershock.

More than 1,900 people were killed after the 7.8 magnitude quake struck just before midday yesterday, sending tremors through the Kathmandu Valley and the nearby city of Pokhara.