Heartbreaking prayer vigil held in Jackson Heights for victims of Nepal earthquake

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JACKSON HEIGHTS (PIX11) -- Maili Tara Tamang had tears in her eyes, worried about her elderly parents in the tiny village she grew up in, Thangpalkot.

Maili knows her parents survived that devastating earthquake, while a quarter of the village of 300 did not, but now she worries about the aftershocks, and that supplies are running out.

"I just want to help my parents, but I can't," Tamang told PIX11.

Hundreds gathered in the heart of Jackson Heights, the center of the Nepalese New York community, they lit candles. Some of those candles are in a formation spelling out Pray for Nepal or the Nepalese flag.

Others carried signs asking for help.

"I lost four relatives, and I am worried about other relatives," Surin Saresha." People are afraid to go into their homes. They are sleeping on the street."

Those gathered worry that the relief efforts are not enough. As rescuers hunt for survivors and provide aid after the powerful aftershocks, they say so much more is needed.

"They need food, medical supplies, water, sanitation issues, Khagendra Chetry told PIX 11.

So far, the Nepalese New York Football Club says they raised $22,000 in just one day of fundraising.