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'It is hard to believe I have seen this happen twice'

Two-time earthquake survivor Mangal Kalasula is one of the few people alive who remember Nepal's last major quake in 1938.

Back then, as buildings began to crumble around him and the ground started to open beneath him, Mangal ran for his life.

"I was six years old," he says. "Our house was destroyed and here I am now, in the same situation again. But this time I am an old man - it is hard to believe I have seen this happen twice."

This time he was at home. "I looked out of the window and saw everything shaking. I just grabbed a pillow from my bed and wrapped my arms around it, hoping it would protect my body if my house collapsed on me," he says. "And then I closed my eyes."

Mangal is among 1,500 people now sleeping under canvas in the grounds of a school in Bhaktapur tonight. Tarpaulins and sheets strung with rope between trees have been sheltering some families for the last ten days but many have been without anything to protect them from the weather.

This week Nepal Red Cross has installed 10 large tents to house 100 of the most vulnerable in the camp, including Mangal and other elderly people.

Community leader Robin Raya, who is living in the camp with his family, said: "We wanted to prioritise the older people - they're very fragile. Many of them are suffering from chest infections and fevers after sleeping on the floor outside for nearly two weeks.

"These tents will make a difference. They're not home but they are enough to protect the elderly as much as we can at this point."

Mangal's daughter Mangalaxmi fears for her father's uncertain future on the aftermath of the disaster but believes he has a survivor's spirit.

"He used to tell me about the first earthquake when I was small so I grew up knowing what a disaster like that could do," she says. "I'm worried about him - he is a strong man, but this stress is a massive strain on him and his health is already being affected."

The tents have been sent by the Red Cross Society of China; one of many Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supporting Nepal Red Cross in its mammoth relief operation.

Story: Nichola Jones/IFRC