Holiday treat turned to terror

Ms Ozturk was travelling with her parents and siblings to attend a wedding, designed as a treat for the family, when they found themselves terrified and sleeping in the rain in their hotel�s car park.

She said she was about to leave her hotel with her family for a day of sightseeing, and was in a corridor with her blind sister, when suddenly the building started to shake and parts of the wall started falling off.

She knew it was too violent to be anything but an earthquake and started calling out to her mother who she feared had already entered the lift.

�Then I saw the bride�s mother falling and the bride was trying to cover her with her body. The groom heard me calling out and he pulled my sister and I inside the room,� she said.

They managed to get out of the hotel, finding their party of 10 along the way, and made their way into the car park.

In the process, Ms Ozturk�s father, who has just beaten cancer, was injured in the stampede.

�We all found each other and we all hugged and had a bit of a cry � it was just overwhelming,� she said.

The hotel residents spent the next night sleeping on the soaked and hard ground of the car park with just a thin blanket for warmth and comfort.

�It would get so uncomfortable everyone would eventually move undercover, then the next aftershock would come and everyone would run back out into the open. It was so scary, everyone would scream – I don�t think I�ll ever forget the terror I saw in people�s eyes.�

�My heart just really goes out to the mothers and the homeless.�

Ms Ozturk and her family were able to get out of Nepal on a flight the next day after many hours waiting at the airport

The wait at the airport forced them to endure more aftershocks � eventually standing on the tarmac to try and avoid being inside a falling building.

�I�ve never felt as safe in an aeroplane as I did when that plane took off,� she said.

Ms Ozturk said she could see the extent of the devastation from the sky, saying everything around was crumbled.

�In situations like this, nobody is selfish. Everyone is running and frightened but they are looking out for everyone else too,� she said.

DETAILS

What: Nepal Earthquake fundraiser

When: Sunday, May 24

Where: Himali Gurkha Restaurant

Address: 17 Kearns Crescent, Applecross

Tickets: $60, including full set meal and dessert

Bookings: 9364 5340