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Nepal quake survivor Faye Kennedy shares harrowing journey

Ottawa's Faye Kennedy was trekking through Langtang National Park in Nepal when last month's devastating earthquake struck.

'I didn't know what to do,' says woman caught in avalanche after devastating earthquake

Quake survivor recounts harrowing journey

Ottawa

6 years ago
3:58
Faye Kennedy was trekking with two friends in a Nepali national park when last month's devastating earthquake struck. 3:58

When the shaking stopped, Faye Kennedy felt relief. Then, out of the corner of her eye, she saw the avalanche.

The 32-year-old Ottawan was on vacation in Nepal last month, trekking with two friends in Langtang National Park, when the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has killed more than 7,600 people struck.

"A huge cloud of snow [was] coming at us," Kennedy told the CBC's Ashley Burke, sharing her survival story for the first time.

Before she knew it, snow and rocks showered down upon her and her traveling companions. As the dust settled, Kennedy said she saw injured people everywhere.

'I didn't know what to do'

"I was just in shock. I didn't know what to do," said Kennedy. "I just paced and said 'Oh my God, oh my God' over and over again."

Her head bleeding and her leg covered in bruises, Kennedy and her friends eventually escaped to a plateau overlooking a nearby village.

The village had already swelled with about 100 survivors from the surrounding area. Kennedy said they spent two days there, drinking brown water and waiting for help to arrive.

Devastation was overwhelming

Eventually, she was airlifted out of the village by helicopter. Kennedy said the devastation she saw on the way to Kathmandu was overwhelming.

"The streets were just lined with people under tarps, their houses completely collapsed. Just rubble everywhere," she said. "I just couldn't believe it."

Kennedy was one of nearly 400 Canadians who were stranded in the country after the earthquake hit on April 25. It took two days after the earthquake for her family to learn that she had survived.

Kennedy is now back in North America with her girlfriend and her dog, Panda.

A fundraiser for victims of the earthquake will be held this Saturday at Ottawa City Hall, starting at 11 a.m.

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