Hundreds hold post-earthquake vigil in Nepal

About 200 people gathered in the heart of Kathmandu to remember those who died in last month’s quake.

FILE: A Nepalese woman has described how her young daughter died right beside her and several other family members were injured when the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the country. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people are holding a candlelight vigil in Nepal's capital this evening to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions.

About 200 people have gathered in the heart of Kathmandu to remember the dead.

They've held a minute of silence, lit candles and signed messages in memory of those killed.

The 7.9 magnitude quake on 25 April and another powerful quake earlier this month together killed nearly 8,700 people and injured more than 16,000 others.

NEPAL: SA SURVIVORS GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE

Two South Africans who survived the earthquake said although the experience was traumatic it's made life more valuable.

Hikers Mike Sherman and Kate Ahrends were stranded in Langtang for nearly a week before they finally were rescued by an American team.

The couple realised they have been given a second chance to live and say they only now realise how some people take their lives for granted.

Still traumatised Ahrends said South Africans don't realise how privileged they are back home compared to the Nepalese.

The couple gave chilling accounts of how they had to go without food, feared for their lives and comforted each other to stay alive.

United Nations Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick said the government must loosen its normal customs restrictions to deal with the increasing flow of relief material now pouring in from abroad and piling up at the airport.

But the government, complaining it has received such unneeded supplies as tuna and mayonnaise, insisted its customs agents had to check all emergency shipments.