– Nepal earthquake survivor Row Smith on the moment the deadly Nepal earthquake struck
As today marks exactly one year since the deadly Nepal earthquake, which claimed over 8,000 lives, we're joined by newlyweds Rowana and Tom Smith who were on a dream holiday when it turned to disaster.
The couple love watching adventure programmes and used to imagine what they would do if faced with a life or death situation. What they didn't know was, that one day they really would find themselves battling for survival in a situation far beyond their control.
When the quake struck on April 25 2015, Rowana - known to her friends as Row - and Tom were at the top of the Tsergo Ri-Peak.
Recalling the terrifying moment, Row told Lorraine: "We were thrown to the ground and thrown around like rag dolls ... I remember thinking, 'what's happening?' you can't comprehend what's happening."
Facing a plummet into icy nothingness, and hammered by avalanches, the pair barely escaped from the mountain alive. The village below had been devastated, with scores of people dead and only a handful of survivors - devastating scenes that still haunt the couple today.
Row and Tom were trapped on the mountain for three days without food, water or shelter, surviving the harsh conditions thanks to the local community who helped the pair stay alive.
Before the tragedy Rowana was considering training to be a counsellor, but the harrowing events of that day left her traumatised and suffering with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After eight months in therapy, Row is now taking her first steps back towards achieving her dream.
Row is now spearheading efforts to publish harrowing survivor stories with a memoir, The Earth Moved, to give people an insight into the tragedy, the devastating aftermath and what followed in the wake of the disaster. She hopes to raise thousands for the many disaster victims who still need help and support to rebuild their lives.