Wor Bro Barry Torrens, a past master of Union Lodge 1008, Portrush is currently on a trekking holiday in Nepal. He and his party were outside the city of Kathmandu on Saturday, crossing a local river when they were caught up in a 7.8 magnitude earth quake. Wor Bro Torrens was subsequently interviewed by the BBC and informed them that they experienced a tremendous rumbling sensation, which caused great concern to their local guides. It was a very gutteral shake underneath the feet and they were able to observe landslides on the face of a nearby mountain, which swept down the slope, blocking a nearby highway and eventually reaching the far bank of the river.
Once the party had crossed the river, their guides, using mobile phones quickly learned that two of their number had lost their homes in Kathmandu. The city was a scene of devestation and some 2000 people are believed to have lost their lives in the Kathmandu / Pokhara region, as a result of this quake. I’m sure that you all will be relieved to learn that our Brother has survived this awful event. When asked about his feelings on the Quake, Wor Bro Torrens commented that the Nepali people are a lovely, lovely people and they just don’t have the infastructure to deal with this kind of situation at all.
We acknowledge the work of the BBC in providing the initial report on the Nepali Earthquake and Bro Paul Davis Photography and THe Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Newssheet 2013 for the use of the Officers and Members photograph on Union Lodge 1008.