Chhechi wept openly and freely during most of the interview, obviously emotionally impacted by what had happened, and throughout her crying told her story.
“I was in the pasture when the first earthquake occurred and I saw everything moving and shaking—my house, the trees, everything. My husband was nearby helping to reroof that house,” she said pointing to a neighbor’s house.
“When the quake hit and the house below me started shaking, I jumped from the house, three stories down,” Ngima Onjchhu explained. “I injured my hand and wrist, nothing more. I saw a doctor in Nunthala, who gave me medication and told me it would be better after a while. Maybe so. There’s been some improvement, but I cannot lift much with my hand.”
After the first quake, the couple moved into a temporary shelter where they remain and are afraid of poisonous snakes and leeches. They live in constant fear there will be more quakes, and the aftershocks keep coming and doing more damage.