The Nepalese community in Rhode Island is helping victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked the country last week. A magnitude 7.8 quake struck the capital of Kathmandu, killing some 5,000 people.
That number is expected to rise as aid workers get to more remote regions of the country. KC Kshitiz from the Nepalese Association of Rhode Island, said friends in Kathmandu are without shelter or power.
“They’ve been hit really hard, and some of them have lost their houses. So they’re just outside on the ground, setting up tents and living in the tents,” said Kshitiz.
To help the victims dealing with the aftermath, the Nepalese Association of Rhode Island has raised more than 5-thousand dollars through an online funding site.
Kshitiz says addition to money, they’re collecting emergency supplies.
“Right now we’re looking for emergency blankets, and also tents, medicines, band aids, raincoats, yeah. Those are the basic supplies we’re looking for.”
Kshitiz said the group is working to figure out how to get those supplies into Nepal. Rhode Island is home to about 500 people of Nepalese descent, according to Kshitiz.
The Warwick-based non-profit Plan International USA is also working to respond to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Plan International is trying to raise more than one-million dollars to fund six months of emergency response. The non-profit has an extensive presence in Nepal, where it’s been working since 1978. It operates field offices in several hard hit areas outside the capital of Kathmandu.
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