Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Nepal vigil in Winchester to remember victims of earthquakes

People gathered for vigil for Nepal
Image caption The event also featured a showcase of Nepalese culture

Hundreds of people gathered in Hampshire to remember the victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

A Buddhist priest tolled a single bell at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday evening in remembrance of those who died.

Candles were used to represent the number 8,466 - symbolising those who lost their lives in the disaster.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal's capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas on 25 April.

Image caption The vigil has raised almost £8,500 for earthquake victims in Nepal
Image caption Candles were used to illustrate the 8,466 people who died in the earthquakes

It was followed by a large number of aftershocks, including one that measured 7.3 on 12 May.

The vigil in Winchester raised almost £8,500 in aid of those affected.

The event also featured a showcase of Nepalese culture, including traditional dancing, at Winchester Guildhall.

Rezina Rai, of Unite for Nepal, said: "British people are so generous and everyone is so active, so we have had volunteers from all over the place."

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