A Hoole woman who lost her mother in last month’s devastating earthquake in Nepal says she is determined to bring her father to the UK to recover from the disaster.
Maya Shyangba Hyolmo, 30, was due to fly back to the country last week after friends and classmates rallied together to buy her plane ticket, but was forced to cancel her flight after a second 7.3 magnitude quake struck .
Her village Sarka Thali Helambu, a few kilometres north east of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, was destroyed after the April 25 earthquake and her dad Kaji Lama was left homeless with no clean clothes, food or water.
Maya, who studies hairdressing at Coleg Cambria in Connah’s Quay , was then left distraught after her sister and brother, who had flown from Dubai to be with their father, were caught up in the second quake last Tuesday.
Maya heard her sister’s terrifying cries down the phone as the buildings around her in Kathmandu began to shake and people screamed.
Her brother and dad were still in the mountains.
Thankfully, all are now safe in the capital and Maya intends to fly out to pay her respects to her mum Jangmu Sherpa before bringing her family back to the UK.
She said: “After a hazardous journey, with falling rocks and tremors, all are now safe in Kathmandu.
“They had been sharing a tents with other people which is not ideal but at least now they have food and water supply.
“My dad and brother said they are still getting aftershocks so they don’t want me to go over there yet. It’s too dangerous.”
She added: “Until things settle down they cannot build the house. It will take a while and that’s why I want them to visit me, so I can look after my dad.
“I am the eldest child and it’s part of our culture that we look after our parents.”
Maya’s classmate at Coleg Cambria Samantha Jones of Flint, is hosting a walk up Moel Famau on June 7 for Community Action Nepal to help those like Maya’s family who have been affected by the disaster.