A LOCAL man is desperately trying to raise funds to help his family’s village which was decimated by the earthquake in Nepal.
Gumbo Tamang from Oakenshaw, who is originally from Thulo Bharku, is appealing for money to help re-build his family’s home and help fellow villagers after the earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter Scale, destroyed the community.
Among the 150 homeless are his parents, as well as other family members, with villagers having to sleep in makeshift shelters on the roads and in fields.
Mr Tamang said it was still too unsafe to search the ruins, while the road into the village is blocked by landslides.
It is also nearing the start of monsoon season which will add to the risk of further landslides.
The disaster has claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people so far, while over 9,000 are injured.
But the numbers are expected to rise with many people stuck in remote villages with no access to food.
Gumbo, who has worked at the Alexandra Hospital for more than seven years, told how he found out about the devastating news.
“I was in bed and my wife’s nan rang to say she had seen it on the TV.
“My first thought was to call my family, but I couldn’t get through to the village. I tried and tried and nothing, but eventually I managed.
“I spoke with my sister-in-law and she told me everything had gone and it had all collapsed.
“She said they were all okay thankfully, but if they had left two or three minutes later they would have been killed.”
“I set up a funding page and in a couple of hours I had £500. The next time I put my target higher and people started giving £50 or £100 and I reached £1,000.
“I’d like to take the money over myself and help them and see the money go into the village. I want to help as many people as I can.”
Visit www.gofundme.com/Thulo_bharku to donate to the cause.