MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Association of Nepalese in Minnesota is raising money to help those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal.

Association president Apeckchya Karki says the group met for an emergency board meeting early Saturday to discuss relief efforts.

By midmorning, the nonprofit posted a link on its website for donations that it said would be directed to Red Cross and other efforts in Nepal.

The association estimates there are about 3,000 people of ethnic Nepali, Bhutanese and Tibetan heritage living in the Twin Cities.

Karki says she learned from her brother that their family was safe because many were at a location that endured minimal damage.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.