Evansville is now the home of two Nepalese men. Though not related, they reminisce on the destruction of the place they used to call home.
“I was hoping, I was praying there wouldn’t be big destruction or big loss of life,” said Pass Tamang.
“I called and talked with my family and they said everybody is okay. But I lost the house and they are still really scared,” said Ssiva Ksatri.
Nepal was hit with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake Saturday. It has destroyed homes, buildings and caused widespread damage across the region. The death toll is around 4,000.
“This is the biggest tragedy in my lifetime,” said Tamang.
Pass Tamang owns the Marathon gas station at Washington and Boeke in Evansville. He has lived in the states since 1998. Although his family was not injured, he can’t imagine experiencing something that destructive.
“It doesn’t matter in your country or in your neighborhood, whatever happens it aches your heart. Especially if it happens in your village or in your town it’s devastating,” said Tamang.
Ssiva Ksatri manages the gas station at Lincoln and Dexter. His family also survived, but their house was destroyed.
“They have their tent over there and they are staying in their tent,” said Ksatri.
His family is one of many forced to live outside because of damaged buildings.
“They’re terrified, very terrified,” said Tamang. “They are living outside, nobody can get in the building because of the after shocks. They are living outside and the weather is not helping, it’s raining at night. The elderly and babies are living outside.”
The beauty both men used to see will take time to rebuild.
“It’s going to take a long time. I don’t think it’s going to be anytime soon,” said Tamang.
“Maybe ten years,” said Ksatri.