South Shields teenager home safe after Nepal earthquake

British families are reunited at Stansted Airport after being repatriated on a flight chartered by the UK Government from Nepal.  Gap year students, Lizzie Neely 19 and Megan Evans  18 are met by their families. Picture by Geoff Pugh.
British families are reunited at Stansted Airport after being repatriated on a flight chartered by the UK Government from Nepal. Gap year students, Lizzie Neely 19 and Megan Evans 18 are met by their families. Picture by Geoff Pugh.

A TEENAGER from South Shields is among those arriving back in the UK today after being caught up in the Nepal earthquake.

Megan Evans, 18, from South Shields, had been teaching in Nepal during her gap year when the natural disaster struck.

“It’s such a relief to be back,” she said. “I was upstairs in a restaurant with four friends when the earthquake struck.

“We had to run across the room and got under a table. It’s so good to be back but my heart goes out to everyone (who is still out there).”

Her mother Michelle Evans, a 50-year-old GP, said it was “fantastic” to be reunited.

“I can’t describe what it’s like having her back,” Mrs Evans said. “I knew she was safe after the earthquake, but we couldn’t make contact after that.”

British families are reunited at Stansted Airport after being repatriated on a flight chartered by the UK Government from Nepal.  Gap year students, Lizzie Neely 19 and Megan Evans  18 are met by their families. Picture by Geoff Pugh.

British families are reunited at Stansted Airport after being repatriated on a flight chartered by the UK Government from Nepal. Gap year students, Lizzie Neely 19 and Megan Evans 18 are met by their families. Picture by Geoff Pugh.

More than 100 UK nationals who had been left stranded in Nepal have arrived back in the country on the first special Foreign Office-chartered flight out of the disaster-stricken country.

They were met by joyful family and friends who feared they may never see their loved ones again.

The Foreign Office believes there could be anywhere between 500 and 1,000 Britons remaining in Nepal after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, claiming more than 5,000 lives.