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Bridge2 team had to run to safety

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A TEAM of Guernsey volunteers caught up in the second deadly earthquake in Nepal had to run to safety when the building they were staying in started to sway.

Charity founder Sarah Griffith and her Bridge2 team witnessed screams of panic as the second quake hit, just hours after they had touched down in Kathmandu.

The second quake came just two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed in the first.

At least 65 people were yesterday confirmed dead and nearly 2,000 injured.

A minimum of 17 have also died in India.

Ms Griffith said it was a dramatic escape for the team, as the house they stood in shook and swayed.

'We were in our guest house. The building was shaking, everyone was running around and we heard screaming,' she said.

'It was shaking the whole building and swaying, everything.'

Ms Griffith said they stood underneath the door jamb, on the advice of charity team colleague Oliver Westgarth of CCD Architects, and then quickly ran from the building.

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'We went outside and into the Jeep, then drove like crazy to get out of the city,' she said.

'We ran out with the belongings we had with us.'

The team retreated to open space in the grounds of a palace, where people had fled to and were yesterday planning to camp overnight, rather than return inside.

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