Members of the Louisiana House are asking their colleagues to contribute money to recovery efforts in Nepal, following a devastating earthquake that has led to thousands of deaths in the South Asian country.
At least 5,500 people have died in the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, and more than 11,000 have been injured, according to Associated Press reports.
Four Louisiana residents are among the 11 Americans in Nepal, “without food, water or sanitation,” said state Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs pastor and Republican.
Hodges urged legislators Thursday also to donate $100 each to help with recovery efforts. The Louisiana House has 105 members.
Hodges pointed out that the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal sent $50,000 to Louisiana for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
State Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, said the Legislative Charity Fund would start things off by donating $2,500. The Fund is where proceeds from annual inter-chamber basketball game and other events are deposited.
“This country did support us during Katrina,” he said.
One of the Louisiana residents in Nepal is Southern University Law Center professor Evelyn Wilson, who is on a Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment at Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal this year.
Wilson has notified SULC that she is safe, but she declined The Advocate’s request to talk about her experience there.