The Gurkha Restaurant in Ilfracombe has launched an appeal to get emergency aid to a remote region devastated by the Nepal earthquake.

Staff at the family run business are worried for their former community in the village of Gyanpa in the region of Dharampani, which hasn't yet received any help from the outside world.

The latest death toll from the 7.9 earthquake is estimated at more than 5,500, but it is feared that will rise.

Brothers RB and AB Gurung, who run the restaurant, have not lost any immediate family but have still been affected deeply - they believe four people are dead in their extended family and many more are injured.

They are in contact with Nepal as often as possible and paint a grim picture of people forced to live outside with no food, shelter, medical supplies or treatment.

This Sunday (May 3) the restaurant in Wilder Road will be open from midday until 10.30pm, with a Nepalese buffet running throughout and proceeds going to help the people of Dharampani.

There is also a donation box in the restaurant and the Ilfracombe community has already begun to rally around the family with offers of help, support and donations.

As soon as they can, family members hope to return to Nepal to help rebuild the shattered community.

“There are so many over there with problems, damaged homes, no food, no shelter, nothing,” said RB.

“Much of the help is going to the capital city and not much to the villages. We need people to go in and help us.”

AB added: “My wife's family has one grandmother and a nephew dead and in the village many of the buildings have collapsed.

“We're speaking to relatives every day and the main thing they need is food and shelter, but the roads are very bad.”

The family has been in Ilfracombe for nine years and has been boosted by the response from the town in a time of crisis.

“We are very thankful to the Ilfracombe people for their community spirit. Lots of people have been asking how we are, how the family is and that's great.”