PETALING JAYA: For several Nepalis working here, the catastrophe in their home country is heart-wrenching as they watch it from afar.
Factory worker Janak BK, 31, returned from Nepal five days ago after attending his motherâ€™s funeral at Okaldonga, near Mount Everest.
His village was almost wiped out by an avalanche caused by Saturdayâ€™s earthquake which killed three of his buddies.
â€œMy family is fine. But I am worried for my 72-year-old father who is alone,â€ said Janak, who has lived in Malaysia for 10 years.
â€œMy wife is in Kathmandu and constantly updates me on the situation,â€ he said, adding that he had yet to speak to his father.
â€œThe whole village is a mess. Even Kathmandu. The Dharahara Tower, which to me is like the â€˜KLCC of Nepalâ€™, is gone.â€
He said the tragedy was a kick in the guts for him, especially after losing his mother.
â€œNot only Nepal is crying but all Nepalis in the world are crying. We are dumbstruck. It is painful to see the people in my country suffer.â€
Another factory worker, Purna Bahadur Shretsa, 23, said his district, Gorkha, was badly affected and he had not been able to contact his family due to network problems.
â€œOn that day, my family managed to call me to say everyone is fine. After that, I could not contact them.
â€œI was told that my village is gone and we do not have a house now. I am worried but I can only leave it in Godâ€™s hands,â€ said Shretsa.
He said he would return to Nepal once the situation was under control and help rebuild his familyâ€™s house.
â€œI want to go back and see my mother and three siblings. I want to be there to help them rebuild their lives. This is just devastating.â€
Restaurant worker Santhosh Gurung, 23, who hails from Pokhara, said his family was okay.
â€œOur house is not damaged. I must admit that I had expected the worst but thank God nothing bad happened,â€ said Santhosh.
Sundar Lama, 24, also from Pokhara, said the residents in his village were lucky and that his family was safe.
â€œI am able to contact them and that is all that matters to me,â€ said Sundar, who also works in a restaurant here.-The Star