Leeds chiefs donate to earthquake victims

The Nepal earthquake has claimed 5,500 lives and destroyed 70,000 homes.
The Nepal earthquake has claimed 5,500 lives and destroyed 70,000 homes.
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Civic leaders in Leeds have donated £10,000 to support the people of Nepal as the country recovers from the devastating impact of a major earthquake.

The donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal comes as the death toll yesterday neared 5,500 after Saturday’s tragedy, which also destroyed some 70,000 homes.

Further fundraising activity is also being organised by members of the Leeds Nepalese Community (LNC) including street collections in the city centre on May 4, 10 and 15.

The organisation was formed in December 2008 and is open to all Nepalese people including retired and serving Gurkhas living in Yorkshire and neighbouring counties.

The community has 46 head of family members representing around 200 Nepalese families in Leeds.

LNC chairman Laxmi Bantawa, who also served with the Gurkha Rifles, thanked the council and the people of Leeds for their support and encouraged anyone to get in touch if they want to help.

He said: “At this incredibly difficult time, members of the Nepalese community in Leeds have been deeply moved by the empathy and generosity of the many people who have offered their support.

“This donation by Leeds City Council means so much to the Leeds Nepalese Community but even more to the victims of the Nepal earthquake and their families as they begin to try and recover from this disaster.”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said he hopes the donation will make a difference

“The catastrophic events in Nepal have stirred the international community into action and no one could fail to be moved by the struggle of the millions now coping in the aftermath of this terrible disaster.Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by the earthquake, both in Nepal and here in Leeds, and we would encourage others to help in whatever way they feel able to.”