Locals Worry About Loved Ones in Nepal

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SACRAMENTO --

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal is affecting some people in Sacramento.

As the death toll continues to rise, locals with ties to the region are worrying about their loved ones.

The couple that owns Kathmandu Kitchen on Broadway is from Nepal and still has dozens of family and friends in the region.

The restaurant remained open Saturday, hours after the quake struck, but Durga and Kalpna Dahal worried.

"I'm so sad and so worried. My heart is falling down," Durga Dahal said.

Most of the Dehal's loved ones are in Kathmandu; one of the hardest hit areas.

"People are so worried they're not in their homes. There's no water, no electricity some places," said Dahal.

Kalpna constantly checked social media and the news for updates.

"I'm waiting for news, waiting for news and communication," Dahal said.

But during this sad day, which Durga calls one of the worst days of his life, there is comfort from a generous stranger named Shanna Kloberdanz.

"My heart just goes out to that country," Kloberdanz brought a few dollars into the restaurant; a donation for the Dehal's to send to Nepal.

It may be a small gesture, but it was enough to provide some comfort.

The restaurant owners are trying to gather as much money and donations as possible to send to Nepal.  They're also meeting with others from the community to figure out how they can help the recovery efforts.