Nepalese students, Kent community remember those killed by deadly earthquakes

A candle light vigil in Risman Plaza allowed a chance for students to join in prayer and thought to commemorate those lost in the recent earthquake that struck Nepal. April 28, 2015.

Madeleine Winer

Kent State’s Nepalese Student Association hosted a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to remember those that have passed due to Saturday’s earthquake.

Reuters reported 5,200 people have died and the death tolls keeps rising as thousands have been left homeless and short of food and water as a result of the earthquake and its aftershocks.

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said Tuesday that the death toll could reach 10,000, as more aftershocks and damaged buildings that left some people hidden under rubble have complicated rescue efforts, according to Asian News International.

At the vigil in Risman Plaza, members of the organization informed members of the Kent State and Kent community in attendance how to donate and get involved in the relief effort through organizations such as the Red Cross and UNICEF.

The earthquake and its aftershocks, which originated in the country’s Kathmandu region, registered at a 7.8 magnitude, according to U.S. Geological Survey reports. The United Nations said the quake affected 8.1 million people and at least 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, according to a USA Today article.

The quake and its aftershocks also caused avalanches on Mt. Everest, one of the world’s tallest mountains in the country’s southeast border with Tibet, and left at least 17 dead and 61 people injured, according to a story published on The Guardian’s website Monday.

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