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Quake survivor recounts horrific experience

By KABITA DUARAH
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GUWAHATI, May 1 � When life offers a second chance, every human being not only feels a sense of gratitude, but also makes a promise to do good for humanity in all their capacity. Nepal quake survivors who reached Guwahati safely have been pondering over life a lot and feel that by doing something good for the society they can repay for the second chance.

Still traumatised, Nepal quake survivor Zohan Hussain feels he has been given a second chance. A resident of Survey, Beltola, 26-year-old Zohan had been to Nepal to participate in a convention of tattoo artists and a music festival. And on the fateful day when the natural tragedy struck Nepal, this young man was in the fifth floor room of the hotel where he and members of his group were staying. �After having breakfast, I went to my room in the 5th floor to collect a few things and then it felt that the earth beneath my feet was trembling. It was so intense that I just rushed to the terrace that was nearest from my room,� recollected Zohan, adding that he had never seen nature�s fury on such a level before.

From the terrace, as he saw everything around the hotel crumbling down and landslides were being triggered by the quake, Zohan just closed his eyes remembering his parents as he felt it was the last moment in his life.

�It was not possible to keep my eyes open to all the destruction that was going around. I felt it was the last moment in my life as at any moment the hotel we were staying would come down. But with the grace of God, the hotel withstood the quake, but not without incurring some damage,� said Zohan, grateful that the Narendra Modi Government acted on a war footing to rescue all the Indian citizens.

�Indians got the fastest relief from their Government. We could come to India on the third flight. But till now, I have nightmares. I have now arranged my room in such a way that the slightest tremor will create noise and wake me up,� said Zohan.

For almost two days, a senior citizen of Guwahati, Molan Chandra Nath survived on water and biscuits after the quake hit Nepal. Now back home, Nath is still shaky and finds it difficult to remember all that happened in the right sequence. He is deeply grateful to God for saving his life. �I still can�t believe that I survived the terrible tragedy. We had our rooms in the 5th floor of the hotel. But had come downstairs to have our breakfast and at that moment the earth shook,� remembered Nath, mentioning that the intense shaking of the earth dazed his brain.

The trauma that Nath has been through will take time to heal. He saw countless deaths and heard the pain of the injured. If he met a few people who went the extra length to help him out, he also encountered callous characters who felt no guilt to hurt him with insensitivity at the moment of crisis.

�Crisis situations bring out the best and the worst in humanity, and I experienced this,� said Nath.

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