Local disaster relief workers caught in second Nepal earthquake

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Disaster relief workers from locally-based Operation Blessing were in Nepal Tuesday when a second devastating earthquake hit.

You can see the devastation in pictures, but the fear described by Operation Blessing’s special projects director, Diego Traverso, was unimaginable

“People here was like freaking out. They don’t know what to do. It’s crisis everywhere,” he said.

Traverso grabbed his camera and started rolling as terrorized residents flooded the streets.

“Traffic jams everywhere, people was fighting on the street, cause it’s like crisis, you can see the desperation. I got hit twice, my car got hit twice on the way to the hotel,” he told WAVY.com.

His driver got so anxious, he stopped the car to vomit.

Patients were pulled from hospital beds and put out onto the streets, where they were safer.

Traverso said,”Our brothers and sisters in Nepal need our help.”

He has been working with the victims of the first quake for two weeks. He was scheduling a helicopter to fly medical personnel and supplies to a village in desperate need, but then the violent shaking started.

“Helicopters have been critical for us, otherwise it would take five or seven days hiking,” Traverso said.

Landslides are another reason helicopters are crucial.

Operation Blessing is handing out food and using massive water purifiers to supply fresh water. In some villages, Diego said six to 10 families are living under one tarp, and monsoon season is coming in less than a month. The already critical mission is now even more urgent.

Operation Blessing will be in Nepal for at least the next six months. If you wold like to help with their relief efforts, contact Operation Blessing International.

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