The Nepalese population in the city had been grappling with poor communication from earthquake-affected regions of their tiny nation in the Himalayas trying to cope with the sheer magnitude of the disaster. Some members of the community in Pune city are travelling home to make sure their loved ones are all right.
Nepalese residents in Pune city say that TV channels and newspapers are reporting little about the damage caused in the interior villages prompting some of them to decide to travel to Nepal to check for themselves the well-being of their loved one”
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“Although, by late evening on Sunday most of us could contact our families back home, there’s a good number of us still struggling to find out about the status of family members. The problem is largely faced by those living in interiors. Some of us are travelling to the native places to make sure our families are safe. Those who travel to Nepal can give us news of families of our relatives staying in the same neighbourhood,” said Dilip Singh, president of the Nepalese Social Organisation in Pune.
On Sunday morning, the community held a condolence meeting to pay homage to the over 1800 people who died in the earthquake that shook the Himalayan region on Saturday.
Keval Singh, a security guard said, “My home is about a 100 km from Kathmandu. My mother and other family members live there. A couple of men from my village left for Nepal this morning by road. They will reach there by Tuesday.”