Deadly earthquake hits home for UNCW student

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With aftershocks subsiding, the focus in Nepal is on rescue and recovery after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The death toll nears four thousand, and rising. Here at home, though, one UNCW student from Nepal is getting some good news.

Janardan Mainali woke up to the news Saturday morning about a devastating earthquake in his home country. He’s studying Geo Sciences at UNCW.

He said he couldn’t believe the devastation in his home country but that he was thrilled Saturday when he found out that his family and friends were OK. He says the moments before he found out were intense.

“I had hope that my parents and my friends and other family are well but i was not quite sure because I didn’t know anything,” Mainali said. He went on to say communication with anyone in the country was difficult because of the devastation.

Mainali will head back to Nepal  May 17, when the semester is over, but for now he has to sit back and watch like all of us.

The United States and organizations like the Red Cross and Samaritans Purse have already committed thousands of dollar’s worth of aid to help the affected region.

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