Apr 25, 2015 9:22 PM

NH Nepalis fear 'Worst is yet to come', concerned for loved ones


CONCORD - A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 1,400 people.

Now, Nepalis in New Hampshire are worried for the safety of their loved ones in their homeland.

"Very sad," said Dhruba Shrestha, who owns the Concord Mart.

Shrestha, who said he used to be an elected official in Nepal before moving to the U.S. more than 15 years ago, has been waiting to hear from many family and friends.

"We couldn't call because all communication system, electricity, power system and even roads - all are now not functionable," Shrestha said.

Shrestha is mourning together with other New Hampshire Nepalis.

"I keep getting calls saying that some of the villages where the epicenter was flattened out," said Robin Thapa, whose parents are still in Nepal.

Thapa said following the earthquake, people were sleeping outside in fear of aftershocks.

He said geologists predicted a quake was coming near the two major plate boundaries - they just didn't know when.

"The prediction is like every 60 to 80 years, there's bound to be a big earthquake," Thapa said. "People are scared, and they don't know what's going to happen and it's just devastating."

The U.S. has sent $1 million in a humanitarian assistance fund, and a disaster response team will also be sent to help - according to statement released by U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry.


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