UH student group continue to raise funds for Nepal earthquake relief

In this Saturday, May 2, 2015 file photo, a Nepalese boy stands outside his village with a signboard asking for help in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

The Society of Nepalese in Hawaii are following up efforts from earlier in May with two fundraising musical nights to support the relief and recovery operations in Nepal.

Each night — featuring the music of sarangi player Parashuram Bhandari and vocalist Anna Stirr — will showcase the traditions and cultures the country.

The fundraisers will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the UH-Manoa’s Campus Center Ballroom; and at the same time Sunday, May 31, at the Myohoji Temple, 2003 Nuuanu Avenue.

Suggested donation is $15/students and $25/general public.

The society is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) charitable origination in Hawaii. For more information, visit www.esneha.org.

In recent news from Nepal Friday, the Associated Press reports that geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month.

Many of them walking to their destinations, the geologists will check the soil in the remote villages in the districts hit worst by the quakes, Home Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said.

They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated.

Dhakal said only few weeks are left to get people to safer areas and it was going to a big challenge.

Heavy rainfall during the monsoon season has triggered landslides in the past in mountainous Nepal, and the risks are higher because of the earthquakes.

The government was also trying to get heavy equipment to mountain villages before landslides block the highways and roads.

The April 25 and May 12 earthquakes have killed 8,635 people in Nepal and damaged and destroyed buildings, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

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