Dad’s agony af­ter quake de­stroys his home vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - VE DAY SPECIAL - STU­ART GREER

ADAD whose fam­ily live in Nepal has spo­ken of his heartache af­ter his vil­lage was de­stroyed by the earth­quake.

More than 5,500 peo­ple have been killed af­ter the ma­jor dis­as­ter hit last Satur­day, top­pling build­ings in the cap­i­tal, Kathmandu, and trig­ger­ing avalanches in the Hi­malayas.

The tragedy has had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact, with thou­sands now also living in fear of af­ter­shocks.

Mean­while, bad weather is ham­per­ing the de­liv­ery of re­lief to re­mote vil­lages. Hari Ne­u­pane, 47, from Macclesfield, had to wait un­til Wed­nes­day to hear from his fam­ily who live in Sind­hu­pal­chok, a small vil­lage near the bor­der with China.

The restau­ran­teur has dis­cov­ered that his un­cle was killed in the dis­as­ter.

Hari, who co-owns the Nepalese restau­rant Gurkha Dining, on Sa­muel Street, said: “It has been dis­tress­ing to wait so long for news. I fi­nally got through to my brother who tells me my par­ents are okay, but my un­cle died. It’s is heart­break­ing.”

In a brief phone call Hari was told that many homes in the vil­lage, in­clud­ing his fam­ily’s friends and neigh­bours, have been com­pletely de­stroyed with many dead. Sur­vivors are with­out shel­ter, food or elec­tric­ity.

He said: “It is re­ally bad there. The sit­u­a­tion is made worse by the bad weather. They are des­per­ate for help. There is noth­ing I can do but wait for con­tact and watch the news.”

Hari moved to the UK in 1996 and has lived in Macclesfield for eight years.

He lives on St Ge­orge’s Place with his wife Somila, 37, and daugh­ters Robina, 17, and Tan­isha, 13.

There will be a num­ber of fundrais­ers to help the vic­tims of the dis­as­ter.

This Sun­day Mash Guru on Back Wall Gate will host a jam ses­sion from 5pm to mid­night, and on May 10, Gurkha Dining is serv­ing food free of charge but ask­ing cus­tomers to make dona­tions for the ap­peal. There will be four sit­tings: 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-8pm and 8-10pm. Book- ing is rec­om­mended. Call 01625 348522.

All monies raised from both events will go to the char­ity Shanti Nepali Sa­maaj which is sup­port­ing the re­lief ef­fort in Nepal.

Mean­while, Ghurka Dining co-owner Di­nesh Ma­har­jan, who also lost fam­ily in the earth­quake, is host­ing a sim­i­lar event at Ayo Gurkhali on Bank Square, Wilm­slow, next Wed­nes­day, May 6. Call 01625 538800 to book.

●● Hari Ne­u­pane, pic­tured with wife Somila, has dis­cov­ered one of his rel­a­tives has been killed in the Nepalese earth­quake dis­as­ter

●● Nepal vol­un­teer Naomi Hatch with the host par­ents she is anx­iously wait­ing to hear from.

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