Pattaya Nepalese, Indians join for quake-relief effort

0
683

Nepalese and Indian expats in Pattaya joined hands to raise funds for victims of last month’s major earthquake in Nepal.

Amrik Singh Kalra presided over the May 3 relief event at the Sikh Temple where money and material goods were collected from Indian-Thais living and working in South Pattaya and Walking Street.

Kalra said he would arrange to have the donations sent to Nepal.

He said more than 100 people of Indian heritage live in Pattaya so he organized the fundraiser to collect necessities for survivors of the 7.9-magniture quake.

Necessities are assembled at the Sikh Temple in South Pattaya, to send to earthquake victims in Nepal.Necessities are assembled at the Sikh Temple in South Pattaya, to send to earthquake victims in Nepal.

Ka Ka Thapa, a Nepalese trader on Walking Street, said most of his relatives are in Sippakang, Sintupaljok, which is about 60 kilometers from Kathmandu. They have been badly affected by the earthquake with 90 percent of their living quarters damaged.

He said he hasn’t been able to contact anyone and is worried about his cousins and others.

Sohail Hamza, a Pakistani who owns a fabric shop in Pattaya, felt really sad about the disaster. He said that while he is not Nepali, 4.2 percent of them are Muslim like him. He thus invited other Muslims to make charitable donations.