The second earthquake to hit Nepal in three weeks is hitting close to some for those in B.C.’s Nepalese community.
Anil Pradhan, president of the Nepal Cultural Society of BC, says he is trying to control his emotions today, as he frantically tries to contact loved ones in Nepal.
“One of my sisters lives in Kathmandu. I’m trying very hard to contact her. But I haven’t got any message from her yet. It is devastating. I never thought lightning strikes twice in the same place.”
Relief efforts continue in a difficult situation.
Two fundraisers at Cafe Kathmandu on Commercial Drive raised more than $10,000 for relief efforts.
Pradhan expects more fundraisers, considering the ongoing devastation.
Aid workers on the ground say the situation is tough for the people in Nepal.
David Munoz with World Vision International says this latest aftershock has pushed back the re-openings of school.
“They’re supposed to open again next Friday. Now they’re due to open in two weeks. And that’s also something that keeps the family busy, but at the time same time, the children going back to feeling nervous, feeling anxious.”
Speaking with CKNW’s Jon McComb, Munoz says a steady supply of aid was getting on the ground before the aftershock struck…and now, in many cases, it is back to square one.
You can listen tot he complete interview with World Vision International here: