The local Nepalese community in Connecticut is paying close attention to the tragedy unfolding in its native country.
Sam Khadka has brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews living in Nepal. When the devastating earthquake hit, he feared the worst. Although some 4,000 other people were not so lucky, Khadka has since learned his family members all survived.
"They are safe but house is collapsed, house damaged, not stable condition," said Khadka.
With the death toll mounting, there are also growing concerns for survivors who are left with no shelter, no clean water and no food. As diseases spread, medical care is scarce especially for residents of remote mountain villages.
"Some villages in Nepal are totally collapsed," said Khadka.
About 200 people from the local Nepalese community attended a vigil in West Hartford on Sunday night, organized by the Nepalese Association of Connecticut organized the event, of which Khadka is president.
The association is now raising money and collecting other donations, planning to send everything to Nepal to benefit those in need, according to Khadka.
"Whatever you can donate to us. Whatever you can help us. Please give us your hand," said Khadka.
You can find more information on donating to the group at www.ctnepali.org.