DENVER – Several Coloradans are stranded in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the Kathmandu Valley Saturday. It has since been followed by more tremors and earthquakes.
A local adventurer, Vance Watt, left for a three-week trek in the region last week. His wife, Catrine says he survived the quake, but is scraping by to survive in the aftermath. Watt lost all of his belongings in the disaster, including his wallet and passport.
“These guys were just basically backpacking, going from tea house to tea house,” Catrine Watt told FOX31 Denver. “They had no gear, no food. They spent three nights in the cold and rain and kind of hung in there behind boulders.”
Watt is not the only one in harsh conditions following the natural disaster. Thousands are homeless after the earthquake destroyed countless structures in the region. Most people are left living outside or in tents to get away from crumbling buildings.
The country is running low on food and water to feed survivors. Aid workers are deploying to Kathmandu, but mudslides and rock falls are cutting off smaller villages from getting help.
The earthquake knocked out power in much of the region. The lack of infrastructure is making it difficult for tourists to get out of the country or to receive help from home.