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Kamloops reaches out to Nepal after massive earthquakes

Byron Bignell hopes to travel to Kathmandu to help however he can. Ivan Somlai reaches out to family members

Byron Bignell hopes to travel to Kathmandu to help however he can. Ivan Somlai reaches out to family members

A man runs past damaged houses as aftershocks of an earthquake are felt a day after the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after the earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley. ( REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

The news, images and videos still coming out of Nepal are shocking, and overwhelming. Thousands are dead. Temples lay flattened. 

And what was entire street blocks... are now piles of rubble.
India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu on Sunday. (Manish Swarup/The Associated Press)

This after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit-- just north of the capital city, Kathmandu. 

For people who have a connection to Nepal... they wait with unbearable tension, to hear from friends and loved ones.

Kamloops' Byron Bignell is one of those. 
A man fills water from a water tank near a collapsed temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated Kathmandu valley. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

He has been working in Nepal for the past 20 years. 

Before the quake hit, he already had plans to travel to eastern Nepal.
A man cries as he walks on the street while passing through a damaged statue of Lord Buddha a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after the earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. ( REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

He still intends to go, but the nature of his work, will be completely different. 

Kamloops' Ivan Somlai has lived in Nepal for 15 years. 
A woman mourns her granddaughter, who died in Saturday's earthquake, in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 27, 2015. (Navesh Chitraker/Reuters)

Daybreak catches up with him while he reaches out to family members and friends in the South Asian nation. 

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