Family’s relief as London teacher emerges unscathed from Nepal earthquake


The family of a British Jewish teacher spent several days terrified that he had been hurt or killed in the Nepalese earthquake – until he got in touch with them over the internet.

English teacher Simon Warner, a former JFS and Hasmonean High School student, said he was staying in a northern Nepal village when the earthquake hit.

The 28-year-old from London recalled on Tuesday: “I was lying on my bed reading a book in the Naudanda village, which is 30 minutes outside of Pokhara.”

Kenton United Synagogue-member Mr Warner said he emerged “unscathed” – but his family were none the wiser.

“In this village, there is no access to internet, TV and the electricity is intermittent – so I was unaware of the enormity of the situation.

“I came to Pokhara two days ago thinking I would use the internet to tell them I was okay. When I got to a computer, I saw that my sister had launched a Facebook appeal for me.

“From my perspective, this was bizarre as it was business as usual in Pokhara.”

Mr Warner, who has been travelling around Sri Lanka and India for the past five months, said he believes he was lucky as he had decided to postpone a visit to Kathmandu on Saturday, which suffered huge damage.

“I didn’t want to come back to the stress of London just yet, so I thought I would delay it,” he said.

“It’s a good thing I did.”

He added: “I don’t know anyone who is still missing.”

Former JFS student Jonathan Hikmet, 25, has also been found safe.

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