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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 1, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A19 winnipegfreepress. com NIGHTMARE IN NEPAL WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 A 19 35 Melnick Road, Winnipeg MB www. guertinequipment. com ph: 204- 255- 0260 DOMINATE THE WATERS WITH APRINCECRAFT 2015 Princecraft 21 Sportfisher 2S with a 60HP Mercury 4- stroke S $ 26,995 or $ 99 Bi- Weekly OAC WE’RE EXCITED TO EXPAND BEST BUY IN YOUR COMMUNITY! We’ll remain open while we transition your nearby Future Shop into a new Best Buy store. Visit us to get our Lowest Price Guarantee . on a huge selection of electronics, appliances and more. OPEN FOR BUSINESS . Some exclusions and conditions apply. See BestBuy. ca for details. Prices and payments are subject to applicable taxes before programming credits. Prices and offers good May 1 through May 7, 30, 2015 . References to savings or sale prices are comparisons to Best Buy Canada regular prices. ADVERTISING POLICY: Prices valid at Best Buy stores in Canada. 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Canada is also pre- positioning relief equipment in Germany, so it is ready to be flown to Nepal. Officials are still trying to pin down the number of Canadians who were in the country when the huge tremor hit on Saturday. While there may have been about 500 Canadians in the country at the time of the earthquake, about 100 were flown out on a military plane Wednesday and another 100 or so are believed to have left on commercial flights. The scouting mission to outlying areas will help pinpoint where to focus relief efforts, said Defence Minister Jason Kenney. “ The Canadian assessment team has left Kathmandu to carry out a reconnaissance mission in remote areas in order to best position our military team to help the Nepalese,” Kenney told a news conference. Lynne Yelich, the junior foreign minister for consular affairs, said other efforts are being directed at finding Canadians in outlying areas. “ We have a plan,” Yelich said. “ We’re tracking for remote areas. We’re currently planning outreach operations to track and map the locations of stranded Canadians, and we’re trying to secure traditional means of transportation to access the individuals, to bring them in.” Kenney said the second C- 17 carries 51 military technicians, including air movement specialists and communications experts. About 200 members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team are standing by in Trenton, Ont., ready to deploy once their role is defined. In addition to the disaster- response team, the Canadian government has pledged $ 5 million in humanitarian assistance and is also matching donations from citizens until May 25. Canada’s diplomatic presence in Nepal is limited, but staff from the High Commission in Delhi have been sent to Kathmandu and a consular service point has been established at the Phora Durbar American Club. Planes carrying food, shelter and other supplies have been arriving steadily at Kathmandu’s small airport, but the aid distribution process remains chaotic, with Nepalese officials having difficulty directing the flow of goods. The United Nations World Food Program warned it will take time for food and other supplies to reach more remote communities that have been cut off by landslides. — The Canadian Press Federal officials to search remote areas for stranded Canadians N EW YORK — As the days trickle by after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the silence has brought agony for Nepali- Americans still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones. Some pray. Others clutch their phones, sleepless and watching news reports of destroyed buildings and bodies laid out on the ground. Still more keep themselves busy organizing relief efforts and maintaining shrines of candles and flowers of both hope and mourning as a steadily rising death toll surpassed 6,000. “ My wife and my relatives are every day crying,” said Ram Tamang, who, nearly a week after the calamity, has yet to hear any word about five family members believed to be trapped under the rubble. “ They need to reach them as soon as possible.” Tamang is among an estimated 30,000 Nepalese immigrants in the New York City metropolitan area, the largest such concentration in the U. S. About 5,000 have settled in New York’s Queens borough, where a makeshift candle shrine in the Jackson Heights neighbourhood was created in the shape of the letters N- E- P- A- L, under a wall awash in sticky notes in honour of the missing and dead. It has become the main Nepalese gathering spot in New York; hundreds of people form a sea of cross- legged humanity chanting Buddhist prayers on the bare pavement. For days, Chini Gyalmo Lamini waited for any news about her brother, his wife and two children. Phone connections are difficult or impossible. “ I tried and tried to call,” she said. Several days ago, her phone finally rang. The call delivered bad news. Her brother is dead, trapped in the family home; her sister- in- law and their children are alive. Lamini buried her face in her hands, weeping quietly. “ They cremated him, and everyone else is homeless,” said the 48- year- old housekeeper. She lost 13 relatives and friends, including two children. Choe Dolma, a 79- year- old woman with a stoic, weathered face, found out a day earlier she’d lost a friend, but still hadn’t heard from others she left two years ago when she came to New York to live near her son. “ I’m praying for peace, for both the living and the dead,” she said. On a Jackson Heights street, a ragtag volunteer army sorted boxes of clothing and other items for the relief effort. Some lively young women gave manicures to raise money. A more modest effort came from two sisters who left Kathmandu eight months ago. Salma Maharjan, 23, a social- work student, and Sabbu Maharjan, 18, stood in the Jackson Heights subway station at evening rush hour with a cardboard box that read: “ Donate for the earthquake victims of NEPAL.” One of their relatives died while trying to rescue someone and another was buried under rubble. “ But we cannot sit here and do nothing,” Salma said. Njima Sherpa, a Nepal- born Manhattan nurse, said what’s desperately needed in Nepal is more medical trauma experts — and helicopters to reach remote villages in a landlocked nation topped by the forbidding Himalayas. Emergency funds from abroad must counter the political instability, poor infrastructure and poverty that make recovery difficult. Hospitals are running out of supplies and beds. “ We can’t wait because people aren’t being treated, and they’re dying,” she said. — The Associated Press Praying for peace for the dead and the living Nepalese communities await news of loved ones trapped in rubble By Verena Dobnik A_ 19_ May- 01- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A19 4/ 30/ 15 10: 17: 54 PM

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