2015-04-29 / Front Page

Earthquake Tragedy


Hundreds gathered in Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza for a candlelight vigil honoring the thousands dead from last weekend’s earthquake. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Hundreds gathered in Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza for a candlelight vigil honoring the thousands dead from last weekend’s earthquake. Photo Jason D. Antos In the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal on April 25, the Nepalese community of Jackson Heights held a candlelight vigil honoring the more than 3,600 people who have died and 6,500 injured.

Jackson Heights, the center of the city’s Nepalese community, was the site of hundreds praying and burning candles in Diversity Square this past weekend. Hundreds of candles were placed in the form of the Nepalese flag. The earthquake has been reported as the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years.

Many in Jackson Heights are concerned about family and loved ones missing since the Saturday earthquake, which has caused damage to more than 75 percent of the country, due to fires, landslides and avalanches.

Councilman Daniel Dromm was present at the Sunday night vigil as well as Prabal Gurung, the Nepali designer who created Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress. He told the crowd present in Diversity Square that they could take pictures with him, but only if they donated $20 dollars to Nepal.

New York Nepalese Football Club raised roughly $25,000, which will be sent overseas in order to purchase medical supplies, food and water.—Jason D. Antos

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