2015-05-07 / Local News

Nepal home of Northport resident in rubble

By Amy Hubbell Of The Enterprise staff


DIPAK ADHIKARI of Leelanau Township is in his native Nepal helping with relief efforts after a 7.8 earthquake. He is pictured here last winter with his wife, Linda. DIPAK ADHIKARI of Leelanau Township is in his native Nepal helping with relief efforts after a 7.8 earthquake. He is pictured here last winter with his wife, Linda. Dipak and Linda Adhikari were just settling into their new home in Leelanau Township when their world and that of Dipak’s family in Nepal turned upside down.

The couple left their home and jobs in Chicago and had been in their Swede Road home for just 10 days when Linda heard about the 7.8-level earthquake that destroyed Dipak’s home village and killed upwards of 7,000 people.

“I woke up (April 25) and read something about it on Facebook,” said Linda, who met her husband more than a decade ago while trekking in Nepal.

Dipak tried that day to reach his family by phone without success. By Monday, April 27, Adhikari had left northern Michigan bound for his home village in the Dhaling district in remote central Nepal.

“He and some friends in Chicago gathered up $1,000 in medical supplies and food bars,” his wife said. “He took whatever he could carry with him.”

Communicating by phone and text, Dipak reports that there’s nothing standing in his home village and that the home he built for his family in Kathmandu has severe damage.

Fortunately, there was not much need for medical supplies in his village as most were out working in the fields when the earthquake hit.

Now the concern is landslides and a lack of shelter as the monsoon season approaches. Linda has established a group page on Facebook that is accepting donations through Paypal (dipak.guide@gmail.com.

Checks may also be sent to Linda Szarkowski, 6991 N. Swede Rd., Northport, MI 49670.

To date, about $6,000 has been donated.

“He’s been able to hire a truck and driver to help bring food and tarps for temporary shelter,” Linda said.

She expects her husband to return toward the end of this month.

In the meantime, Linda has stepped up and is working in the marina in Northport — in her husband’s place.

He had been hired but hadn’t yet started work when he went home to help with earthquake relief.

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