Piedmont man relieved family in Nepal is safe after earthquake

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- For most of us, the Nepal earthquake feels like it’s thousands of miles away. But for 20 years, Dhan Gurung lived in Nepal. He couldn't believe the devastation caused by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of his countrymen.

“It was shocking, panic for me.”

And his concerns grew when Gurung tried several times to get a hold of his father, mother and sister that still live in Nepal.

“Try after try, three or four times, then I could contact them. It wasn’t clear but we could contact them.”

Gurung's family lives about 200 miles away from the earthquake's epicenter. His family survived the earthquake. But they tell him that tall buildings were damaged from the earthquake and its aftershocks.

“I believe it was fortunate they were not in the big buildings. It didn’t collapse. No one was hurt.”

Gurung and other Piedmont immigrants with ties to Nepal are relying on each other for news as their homeland recovers.