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Boise State Vigil to Honor Nepal Earthquake Victims


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Officials in Nepal said early Tuesday that the official death toll had topped 5,000 in the wake of a massive earthquake which devastated the South Asian nation, and feared that the toll could rise to as high as 9,000. Meanwhile Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said nearly 11,000 more were injured and at least 1.4 million people need some kind of food assistance. Officials said there are also severe shortages of medical supplies and even body bags.

"We had an official bulletin last night telling people that it was OK for them to return home and sleep indoors tonight. Shortly after that bulletin went out, we had a 4.8 aftershock," reported NPR's Kirk Siegler early Tuesday. "So, things are still very much evolving hereā€”and a lot of scared and nervous people."

Boise State Public Radio reports that Boise State grad student Shital Dhakal has reached out to his family in Nepal, who have been living out of a tent for the past few days. Dhakal told BSPR that his parents were too "nervous to go inside."

Meanwhile, a vigil is set for 7 p.m. April 28 in the Quad of Boise State University to honor those who were killed in the tragedy and to raise awareness of the much-needed funds and supplies for the ravaged nation. Dhakal and members of the Idaho Nepalese community have begun an online appeal, via the YouCaring platform, to contribute to the earthquake relief fund. As of midday Tuesday, the appeal had raised more than $2,000.