HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some University of Southern Mississippi students from Nepal are asking the USM community and people in the Pine Belt to help earthquake survivors in their country. Thousands of people were killed and millions more affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in that nation Saturday.
Tens of thousands of survivors have been living outside and an estimated 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance.
Graduate students Khem Raj BC, Pradip Bastola and others in the Hattiesburg Nepali Society have set up a gofundme account to help with donations through social media.
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Or, the students say you can help by donating to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Oxfam America or Save the Children.
"I'm very much concerned about my neighbors, my people of Nepal," said Pradip Bastola, who is studying chemistry. "They are all really having a tough time and they all need a blessing and support from all parts of the globe," he said.
"I can't say that you have to give a huge amount of money or a huge amount of supplies to the Red Cross, but I wish all people are equally happy to donate a couple of dollars or a couple of cents to us," said Khem Raj BC, who is studying biological sciences.
Nearly 20 Nepalese students and their families live in the Hattiesburg area. They say while their families are safe, some lost their homes in the earthquake.