DELMAR, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Capital Region doctor is stranded in Nepal after an earthquake struck the nation.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has devastated the country of Nepal and killed at least 4,000.
“It’s a chaotic social situation; destruction,” Brendan Mooney said.
Mooney is a father of three. His oldest is Dr. Timothy Mooney who is stuck in Nepal.
“Felt the earthquake and then witnesses some very large landslides,” Mooney said.
Mooney said his son was vacationing and hiking with two friends when the earthquake struck and caused landslides and avalanches.
“Fortunately, none of that hit him,” Mooney said.
Mooney first hear that his son and two friends survived the quake unhurt on Saturday.
“First interaction was a text,” Mooney said. “He told us he was alive and safe.”
But they were stuck.
“They are living in a shack right now; a little wooden hut,” he said.
The three men are 150 miles north of the capital city of Kathmandu. Mooney said getting food and drinking water for the Nepali people is a major issue.
“It was very chaotic,” Mooney said. “He said that the water situation was very severe.”
Dr. Mooney is an emergency room doctor at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. His two friends are also critical care doctors. They went on vacation prepared and brought a solar powered phone charger.
“Cell phone hasn’t run out,” Brendan Mooney said. “They have water purification kits, so they use water.”
Mooney said the U.S. State Department advised his son not to self-evacuate.
“Stay put,” he said. “Don’t try to make it on your own down there because it is dangerous.”
The U.S. government said the larger urban areas of Nepal are still chaotic.
“The more south you go, the more dangerous it gets,” Mooney explained.
But Mooney’s son and friends have expressed interest in helping victims.
“They are three critical care people,” Mooney said. “All at the right time in the right place, so they could make a difference, you know.”
Mooney said the three doctors are working with the U.S. government on how to affiliate them with an organization and possibly team up with rescuers.
Mooney said his son was planning on returning to the states on Saturday, but now that he is more than 150 miles from a possible airport, his plans are changing by the day.