Relief supplies to fly out for Nepal quake victims today

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BRUNEI-MUARA

ORGANISERS of the relief effort for the victims of the Nepal 7.8 magnitude tremor are set to make its first delivery of donations today.

“The support has been overwhelming, and I cannot thank the Brunei public enough. We have managed to collect just enough supplies to make our first delivery,” James Shakya, manager of the Gurkha Palace Restaurant and Catering Services, yesterday said.

Shakya, who began collecting donations on Sunday, expressed his “utmost gratitude” to the Bruneian public, who began contacting him soon as The Brunei Times broke the news.

The Gurkha Palace Restaurant and Gurkha Jewellery, both located on the same block in Seria town, continue to serve as collection points for donations of daily necessities and medical supplies.

The restaurant and jewellery shop will be collecting donations until May 15.

“We hope the public continues to support as we are doing the best we can to make more deliveries containing food, clothing and medical supplies as aftershocks continue to hit the country and the death toll continues to rise,” he said.

According to Captain Shuresh Thapa from the Royal Gurkha Rifles of the British Military Garrison in Belait, the families of 32 soldiers have been affected by the disaster, but no deaths have been reported.

“Most of the affected families of soldiers have had damage structurally to their homes, but thankfully no serious injuries have been reported at this point in time,” said Captain Thapa.

He said the regiment is collaborating with the Gurkha Palace to raise donations, as the Nepalese community in Brunei looks to unite in this difficult time.

“Every single member of the regiment here is totally devastated. We are trying to do what we can do from our side here and it is best for us (the Nepalese community in Brunei) to work as one,” said the captain.

“We send our deepest sympathies to all those back home during this dark time,” he said.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck the area between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara on Saturday. Numerous aftershocks have been reported since, including one of 6.7 magnitude on Sunday.

The number of fatalities stood at 3,000 as of yesterday but authorities fear that scores are still buried under the rubble.

Members of the public who wish to lend a hand can contact the Gurkha Palace Restaurant on _https://www.facebook.com/thegurkhapalace.bn _or call 3221474, 3222714, 8744714 and 8675761.

The Brunei Times