Relief efforts are underway after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend, killing thousands of people.

"Nepal is not OK. That's why we are planning to do a lot of fundraising and candlelight vigils," Anil Pradhan, the president of the Nepal Cultural Society of B.C., told CBC Radio's Rick Cluff.

Pradhan said he was wakened by a phone call in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"It was a terrible, terrible feeling. When I saw it, I was almost crying. Generally I don't cry, but it happened to me."

Pradhan's sister lives in the capital city, Kathmandu, 80 kilometres from the epicentre of the earthquake. Pradhan said his wife finally reached her yesterday to confirm she is alive, but unable to go home.

"It is really, really bad … wherever they go they can see a dead body or destruction of the old buildings," he said.

The money raised by the Nepal Cultural Society of B.C. will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross — one of the agencies on the ground in Nepal.

The Canadian Red Cross is co-ordinating with the Nepalese Red Cross to determine where help is needed.

"A lot of those more remote communities — they're very difficult to access because roads are damaged, because of debris that's blocking the way," said Karen Leiva with the Red Cross. 

"Once emergency responders can reach all of those areas, we're going to have a fuller picture of all of the damage."

There are a number of other organizations accepting donations for Nepal. Here are some of the other agencies taking donations from Canadians.

The Canadian government announced Monday that it will match donations to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund dollar-for-dollar until May 25. The matching will be retroactive to when donations first started streaming in on Saturday.

To hear the full interview with Anil Pradhan, listen to the audio labelled: Help for Nepal.