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Family of Australian Orphanage Worker Missing After Huge Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Killing at Least 1100, Appeals for News of Loved One


Australian girl missing after huge earthquake rocked the country

Ballantyne Forder was working in orphanages across Nepal when quake hit

Family of the 20-year-old have launched a desperate search for information
Australian teen climbing Mount Everest, Alyssa Azar, believed to be safe
Julie Bishop expected to comment once detailed information is available

The powerful quake has caused massive damage in the capital Kathmandu

Officials said more than 1100 were killed and warned the death toll likely to rise


Daily Mail Australia, 25 April 2015


An Australian girl is missing in Nepal after a devastating earthquake rocked the country, killing more than 1100 people. Ballantyne Forder, 20, was working in a number of orphanages around the country near where the 7.9 magnitude quake hit.Her family launched a desperate search to find her, posting information across social media in the hopes someone can provide them with information.


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Australian girl Ballantye Forder is missing in Nepal after a devastating earthquake rocked the country, killing more than 1100 people



Ms Forder's sister, Amanda-Sue Markham, shared a number of pictures on Twitter and made a plea for help. 'My sister at centre of earthquake was working in a baby's orphanage,' she said.
'Last heard of nine hours ago. If you know how to pray, please do so for the safety of my sister.'

Another sister, Priscilla-Anne Forder said the family was desperate for news.




Ballantyne Forder, 20, was working in a number of orphanages around the country near where the 7.8 magnitude quake hit





Her family launched a desperate search to find her, posting information across social media in the hopes someone can provide them with information'



She's been in Kathmandu and Pokhara but we don't know where exactly she is right now,' Ms Forder said. 'The family is sitting around the computer trying to get in touch and just looking for information. 'She's been over there working at baby orphanages for seven weeks. She gave everything up to over there and help the kids.'





Ms Forder's sister said she has 'been over there working at baby orphanages for seven weeks. She gave everything up to over there and help the kids'




Ms Forder was due to return home to Australia at the end of MayMs Forder was due home in Australia at the end of May.



There were also fears for a teenage adventurer trying to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest, how she is reportedly safe. A message posted to Alyssa Azar's Facebook page said the 18-year-old was on the mountain at the time, but had returned to base camp.




Australian explorer Alyssa Azar was climbing Mount Everest when the earthquake struck, but she is reportedly safe






Ms Azar, 18, who has been climbing since she was five, reportedly returned to her base camp after the quake






Ms Azar attempted to climb Mount Everest (pictured) but an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa guides





'Alyssa has contacted us and let us know that she was out climbing when this happened but is back at Base Camp now safe and sound,' a post on her Facebook page reads'



Alyssa has contacted us and let us know that she was out climbing when this happened but is back at Base Camp now safe and sound,' the post reads. 'She is feeling good and waiting to see what results come from this.' It is believed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will make a statement on other Australians potentially caught in the disaster once more detailed information is available.Several hundred Australians registered with DFAT as travelling in Nepal.




People work to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after the major earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal





Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed





A group of men carry a person on a stretcher after the powerful earthquakeEffects of the quake were felt hundreds of miles away in neighbouring countries with 20 killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh.


Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.The earthquake is also said to have triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing eight and injuring at least 30. Several groups of climbers were also said to be trapped at Base Camp which was severely damaged. Officials confirmed that 758 people have died, with 181 people killed in the capital, as rescue teams continue to search for survivors who are feared to be trapped under the rubble. Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal warned the death toll is almost certain to rise.





People desperately search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building




A man is pulled from the rubble of a building destroyed in the huge earthquake that rocked Nepal





Rescuers search for survivors trapped under rubble of the landmark Bhimsem Tower, also known as Dharahara


The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 81 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, with walls crumbling and families racing outside of their homes. The 7.8 magnitude tremor was the worst to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.Television footage showed a huge swathe of houses had collapsed in while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact.

A terrified Kathmandu resident said: 'Everything started shaking. Everything fell down. The walls around the main road have collapsed. The national stadiums gates have collapsed,' Kathmandu resident Anupa Shrestha said.

Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas while Save the Children teams on the ground are coordinating an emergency response.





The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 81 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, with walls crumbling and families racing outside of their homes


7.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that Caused Everest Avalanche

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My prayers go up for your sister, you and your family. If you are anything near to your sister, you are as beautiful as she. May God bless you all and keep Ballantyne in His care. My prayers also go up for all of the children and people of India in this of terrible times. My heart goes out to you all.....
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Faces of the Missing:
Desperate Families of DOZENS of Australians Unaccounted in the Deadly Himalayan Earthquake Disaster Take to Social Media with Pleas for Help Finding their Loved Ones


  • More than a dozen Australians are reported missing following the quake
  • Julie Bishop confirmed there are no reports of Australian deaths
  • The Australian Government has committed $5 million in aid to help Nepal
  • Families have launched a desperate search for information on social media
  • Australian actor Hugh Sheridan has made a desperate plea for his brother
  • Zachary Sheridan is missing after a huge earthquake rocked the country
  • The powerful quake has caused massive damage in the capital Kathmandu
  • Officials have confirmed about 100 New Zealanders in Nepal are safe
  • More than 1800 were killed and warned the death toll likely to rise
Daily Mail Australia, 26 April 2015


Families and friends hold grave fears for more than a dozen Australians who are reported missing after the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, although information is starting to trickle through, with the heartwarming news that Ballantyne Forder is safe.





The natural disaster has already claimed more than 1800 lives and more than 200 Australians are confirmed safe but authorities are still trying to contact hundreds of others. Around 549 Aussies are registered as travelling in the Himalayan region.



The family of 20-year-old Perth volunteer Ballantyne Forder led a tireless campaign, making headlines as they pleaded for help to find Ms Forder, who had been working in an orphanage in Kathmandu.
Finally, to her loved ones' immense relief, Ms Forder was able to make contact with her family on Sunday night (AEST).

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Zachary Sheridan (left) is believed to be missing after a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal






Actor Hugh Sheridan has made a heartbreaking plea on social media to ask for prayers for his brother








Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheridan pictured with actor John Travolta (top)






At least 18 climbers were killed after the quake which buried tents at the base camp but it's not known whether any Australians were among the group


Australian actor Hugh Sheridan has made a desperate plea on social media to ask for prayers for his younger brother Zachary who is missing at Mount Everest following a deadly avalanche.
'Please. Anyone who is awake, please pray for my little brother Zachary who is on Mt Everest, I'd appreciate every prayer you have spare x,' the Packed to the Rafters star tweeted.

His 20-year-old brother, from Adelaide, was last contacted four days ago.
Several friends and family members have made a public appeal for help on Facebook and Twitter in a desperate attempt to find their loved ones.

Among them are 18-year-old Liam Oliver, from Victoria and his aunt Dianne Joy Coburn, 59, who are believed to be missing following the quake, ABC reports.
Liams' brother Darcy Oliver has posted on Twitter, saying he is searching for more information about his sibling, who was travelling from Change in Nepal's east to Dharpani on the Annapurna Circuit.
He said he doesn't know where his aunt was when the quake struck on Saturday.




Liam Oliver, 18, from Victoria, and his aunt Dianne Joy Coburn, 59, who are believed to be missing






Liams' brother Darcy Oliver has posted on Twitter, saying he is searching for more information


Justin Pomella, from Melbourne, was last contacted on Friday when he was at Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu.
His cousin Lauren Caruana has posted a Facebook appeal along with photographs of Justin during his travels in a bid to find any information. The post has been shared more than 300 times.
'If anyone has any information, please let me know as your help would be much appreciated,' she wrote.

Sydney business owner Matthew Graves was last contacted two days ago. Just hours before the quake, the 24-year-old posted a series of travelling photos in Pokhara, captioning 'The Nepali lifestyle'.
His brother, Mitch Graves, is at home in Sydney waiting for news while their parents are overseas in America.
'It's a bit of a struggle trying to communicate to everyone. It is a waiting game at the moment,' he told AAP.

Victorian reserve grade football player Richard Jaroszczuk, 22, is believed to be missing from base camp at Mount Everest.





Justin Pomella, from Melbourne, was last contacted on Friday when he was in Kathmandu








Sydney resident Matthew Graves (top) and Richard Jaroszczuk believed to be missing in Nepal


Perth woman Ballantyne Forder, 20, who had been reported missing, has made contact via Facebook to the relief of her loved ones.
She's believed to have been working in an orphanage in Kathmandu at the time of the quake.
Her family launched a desperate search to find her, posting information across social media in the hopes someone can provide them with information.

Her Tasmanian-based sister, Amanda-Sue Markham, shared a number of pictures on Twitter and made a plea for help, saying the family has yet to hear from the 20-year-old.
'My sister at centre of earthquake was working in a baby's orphanage,' she said.
'Last heard of nine hours ago. If you know how to pray, please do so for the safety of my sister.'

Ms Markham also told the Nine Network: 'We're trying not to get too worried but of course the pictures that are emerging out of Nepal - we're trying not to look at them.'
She was due to return home to Australia on Wednesday.
'It's her 21st birthday on the third of May. She was coming home for her 21st birthday so we really would like to celebrate with her. We just need to get her home.'

Another sister, Priscilla-Anne Forder said the family was desperate for news.
'She's been in Kathmandu and Pokhara but we don't know where exactly she is right now,' Ms Forder said
'The family is sitting around the computer trying to get in touch and just looking for information.
'She's been over there working at baby orphanages for seven weeks. She gave everything up to over there and help the kids.'

Officials have confirmed about 100 New Zealanders in Nepal are safe but are still trying to reach other Kiwis in the affected areas.
Efforts are being hampered by disrupted communication networks, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says.
A New Zealand Everest climbing team is safe at Camp One as is a group at Mera Peak in Lukla, says NZ high altitude expedition company Adventure Consultants.





Collapsed buildings after an earthquake in Kathmand Earthquake hits Nepal on Saturday





A man is pulled from the rubble of a building destroyed in the huge earthquake that rocked Nepal






The scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp





Climbers walk towards their helicopter (not seen) after their Mount Everest expeditions were cancelled


Aid agencies including Oxfam are already sending teams to Nepal in a bid to help in the aftermath of the country's deadliest earthquake in more than 80 years.

Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke said a group of disaster specialists from the UK are flying in with supplies, including clean water, sanitation and emergency food.
'Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off, making charging mobile phones difficult,' Dr Szoke said in a statement.
'The water is also cut off. The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu.
'People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared, as there were several aftershocks.
'Oxfam staff in Nepal, along with thousands of others, are sleeping outside tonight in football fields and other open spaces because they are the safest place to be.'





People gather in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged





People work to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after the major earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal





Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is yet to release a statement about any Australians who might have been caught up in the disaster.
The federal opposition has called on the Abbott government to offer every assistance towards the recovery effort in Nepal.

'Labour has asked the government for urgent advice about the safety of Australians reported to have been in the area at the time,' Opposition foreign spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said in a statement on Sunday.

Several hundred Australians registered with DFAT as travelling in Nepal.
New Zealand said it stands ready to assist with financial and practical help, after authorities confirmed that about 100 Kiwis in Nepal are safe and efforts to contact others continue.





A group of men carry a person on a stretcher after the powerful earthquake





People desperately search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building





People gathered beside damaged buildings after an earthquake in Kathmandu on Saturday


Effects of the quake were felt hundreds of miles away in neighbouring countries with 20 killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.
The earthquake is also said to have triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing eight and injuring at least 30.

Several groups of climbers were also said to be trapped at Base Camp which was severely damaged.

Officials confirmed that 758 people have died, with 181 people killed in the capital, as rescue teams continue to search for survivors who are feared to be trapped under the rubble.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal warned the death toll is almost certain to rise.




Collapsed buildings are seen at Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu Earthquake hits Nepal






Rescuers search for survivors trapped under rubble of the landmark Bhimsem Tower, also known as Dharahara





The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 81 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, with walls crumbling and families racing outside of their homes


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



Television footage showed a huge swathe of houses had collapsed in while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact.

A terrified Kathmandu resident said: 'Everything started shaking. Everything fell down. The walls around the main road have collapsed.
'The national stadiums gates have collapsed,' Anupa Shrestha said.

Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas while Save the Children teams on the ground are coordinating an emergency response.

Fears for Australians in Nepal After Devastating Himalayan Quake






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The City Reduced to Rubble: Bodies Lining Pavements, Funeral Pyres in the Streets and a Race Against Time to Find Survivors...
Appalling Aftermath of Nepal Earthquake Which Claimed at Least 2,300 Lives


  • The scale of disaster was seen in capital city Kathmandu whose historic temples were reduced to rubble by quake
  • Bodies of thousands of people buried alive in their homes have been laid in the street by their hysterical relatives
  • Rescue teams are frantically using their hands to dig out survivors as aid relief from neighbouring India arrived
  • As many as 18 people climbers on Mount Everest were killed when base camp was swallowed by avalanche


The full horror of the Nepalese earthquake which has claimed 2,300 lives and injured nearly 6,000 unfolded this morning in the towns of the Kathmandu Valley which have been reduced to rubble.

Scarcely covered by white sheets, the bodies of those buried alive in their homes have been laid in the street. Overrun by the escalating disaster and in fear of any deadly aftershocks which could collapse yet more buildings, hospital staff have begun treating the wounded outside.



Frantic rescuers were seen using their hands to dig through the debris this morning as the death toll crept up to 2,200 across four countries.
Hundreds are still missing, chief among them climbers stranded on Mount Everest after an avalanche sparked by the tremor buried its base camp on Saturday afternoon.

In Kathmandu, survivors told of the terrifying moment the earthquake's aftershock struck this morning. Appealing to the international community via social media, they begged for blood and care packages to sustain the remaining population.

Much of the capital city, which has a population of almost 1.2 million, has been blocked off by tens of thousands of people sleeping in shelters and on the streets.

For the dead, makeshift pyres have been erected in fields and public parks. Their corpses have been left on the ground with grieving mothers gathering around them.



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Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of the earthquake in the city of Bhaktapur found in the east of the Kathmandu Valley





The bodies of the victims are laid out in line outside a hospital in central Kathmandu in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that his the area on Saturday morning





Grieving women hold the hands of relatives as they lie beneath a thin white sheet in the city of Kathmandu. Makeshift funeral pyres are being set up across the city






The bodies of some of the thousands who have died in the disaster were laid outside the emergency ward at Bir Hospital in the Nepalese capital





In Bhaktapur, flowers and money are left on the body of one of the earthquake's victims outside one of the city's overrun hospitals






The body of a child is left beside a note underneath a brick on a grassy area outside one of the hospitals in Bhaktapur. On Sunday the death toll crept to 2,200 with yet more people feared to have died in the disaster






Mourners begin preparing a funeral pyre in a public park in the city of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, as the bodies of those killed in the earthquake pile up


The relatives of those still not heard from began arriving on Sunday alongside much needed relief from neighbouring countries.

A US disaster response team was en route and an initial $1 million in aid to address immediate needs had been authorised, the US Agency for International Development said.
A spokesman for the government agency said: 'Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal today, affecting more than 6.6 million people and causing widespread damage and destruction.

'USAID is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region and is providing an initial $1 million in emergency assistance as we assess humanitarian needs in cooperation with the Government of Nepal. USAID is also activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts.
'The earthquake, which hit just northwest of Nepal's densely populated capital, Kathmandu, has caused numerous buildings to collapse and made some roads impassable.
'It also triggered an avalanche in the Mount Everest region and aftershocks of a considerable magnitude. In addition to the DART, USAID staff based in Bangkok, Thailand and Washington, D.C. are monitoring the situation closely in coordination with U.S. mission disaster relief officers in the region.

India flew in medical supplies and relief crews, while China sent in a 60-strong emergency team. Relief agencies said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overflowing and running out of medical supplies.

Australia and New Zealand together pledged more than $4.5 million, and said they were working to locate hundreds of their citizens believed to be in Nepal, and South Korea promised $1 million in humanitarian aid.

In the capital, hospital workers stretchered patients out onto the street to treat them as it was too dangerous to keep them indoors. The aftershock rocked buildings in the Indian capital New Delhi and halted the city metro.

Some buildings in Kathmandu toppled like houses of cards, others leaned at precarious angles, and partial collapses exposed living rooms and furniture in place and belongings stacked on shelves.






A man walks through the ruins of one of the city's famous temples at Durbar Square in Patan as the city reels from the devastating earthquake






A man surveys the destruction at his home in Bhaktapur, a historic city in the east of the Kathmandu valley where hundreds of homes were destroyed






An elderly woman is accompanied through the street in the Bhaktapur after undergoing treatment for a head injury at one of its remaining hospitals





In Bhaktapur, a man weeps as he is pulled away from the site where his house once stood. The Kathmandu Valley is densely populated, with thousands living in close conditions






Aid workers use their hands to dig bricks from piles of rubble in Bhaktapur as more relief arrives from neighbouring countries on Sunday






Women cry for loved ones killed in the disaster at a make-shift camp set up in a public park in Bhaktapur. Funeral pyres have been set up across the country in the streets





The wounded are treated outside of Bir Hospital in the capital city of Kathmandu with medics from volunteering charities expected to arrive


Rescuers, some wearing face masks to keep out the dust, scrambled over mounds of splintered timber and broken bricks in the hope of finding survivors. Some used their bare hands to fill small white buckets with dirt and rock.

Thousands of people spent the night outside in chilly temperatures and patchy rain, too afraid to return to their damaged homes or sleep indoors for fear of another tremor.
On Sunday, survivors wandered the streets clutching bed rolls and blankets, while others sat in the street cradling their children, surrounded by a few plastic bags of belongings.

Army officer Santosh Nepal and a group of rescuers worked all night to open a passage into a collapsed building in Kathmandu. They had to use pick axes because bulldozers could not get through the ancient city's narrow streets.
'We believe there are still people trapped inside,' he said, pointing at concrete debris and twisted reinforcement rods where a three-storey residential building once stood.





Survivors inspect a crack in the road left in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the wake of the earthquake which has claimed more than 2,200 lives






Men ease their way around the ruins of homes in Bhaktapur, scouring the site for any survivors. The death toll is expected to rise yet from 2,200






In Bhaktapur, a Buddha survived when the rest of the temple collapsed. Many of the country's temples - which attract thousands in tourism every year - were destroyed






Police carry the body of another victim through the rubble-strewn streets of Bhaktapur. The earthquake is the worst disaster the country has seen for more than 80 years






In the capital city, thousands are camping in the streets for fear of more tremors from the earthquake's aftershock. This morning it measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale






A small child takes shelter at a makeshift camp site where scores are gathering in fear of more devastation in the capital city of Kathmandu



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AS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 2,200 IN 24 HOURS... WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR DISASTER STRUCK NEPAL?

With the death toll steadily creeping up (to 2,200 on Sunday morning), the full extent of the horror brought by the earthquake is slowly unfolding.
As rescuers scramble to save stranded climbers on Mount Everest where 18 died under avalanches yesterday, experts are warning the worst of the disaster is to come.

Aftershocks rocked the Himalayan country this morning with residents describing the tremors in terrifying detail.

One registered 6.9 on the Richter Scale and is feared to have triggered yet more avalanches on Everest.


While the original earthquake's magnitude - 7.9 - labelled it a 'major' incident, it struck just 11km underground, making its effects all the more devastating.

Coupled with that is its lack of preparation for such destructive tremors. A relatively poor country, its buildings are shoddily constructed and easily torn down.
Experts also fear the earthquake's shallowness could have sparked landslides across the mountainous region.

Among the capital's landmarks destroyed in the earthquake was the 200-foot Dharahara Tower, built in 1832 for the queen of Nepal, with a viewing balcony that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years.
A jagged stump was all that was left of the lighthouse-like structure. As bodies were pulled from the ruins on Saturday, a policeman said up to 200 people had been trapped inside.



Bodies were still arriving on Sunday at one hospital where police officer Sudan Shreshtha said his team had brought 166 corpses overnight.

'Both private and government hospitals have run out of space and are treating patients outside, in the open,' said Nepal's envoy to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is back from abroad and will soon address the country.
Save the Children's Peter Olyle said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were running out of storage room for bodies and emergency supplies. 'There is a need for a government decision on bringing in kits from the military,' he said from Kathmandu.

Some 56 people were reported killed in neighbouring India, which has sent military aircraft to Nepal with medical equipment and relief teams. It also said it had dispatched 285 members of its National Disaster Response Force.

In Tibet, the death toll climbed to 17, according to a tweet from China's state news agency, Xinhua. Four people were killed in Bangladesh.

Pakistan's military is sending four C-130 aircraft with a 30-bed hospital, search and rescue teams and relief supplies, the army said.

Roads to Gorkha district, the site of the epicentre, were blocked by landslides, hindering rescue teams, chief district official Prakash Subedi said. Teams were trekking on foot through mountain trails to reach remote villages, and helicopters would also be deployed, he said.



Mukesh Kafle, head of Nepal Electricity Authority, said power had been restored to the main government office, the airport and hospitals. But the damage to the electricity cables and poles was making it difficult to restore power across many parts of the country.
'We have to make sure all cables are secure before turning the power on. Our technicians have been working round the clock to restore power to the people,' he said.





Up to 18 people are feared to have died on Mount Everest after being buried by an avalanche that was triggered by the earthquake yesterday. Above, rescue helicopters return to base camp to collect remaining survivors







The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 81 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu at 06.11 GMT, with walls crumbling and families racing outside of their homes










A rescue operation in the Kalanki neighbourhood of Kathmandu saw police rescuers tried to extricate a man lying under a dead person, crushed by a pile of concrete slabs and iron beams, as his family members watched on in horror.


'We are digging the debris around him, cutting through concrete and iron beams. We will be able to pull him out but his body under his waist is totally crushed. He is still alive and crying for help. We are going to save him,' said police officer Suresh Rai.

National police spokesman Kamal Singh Ban said the number known to have died in Nepal had risen to 1,953 while officials in India said the toll there now stood at 53. Chinese state media said 17 people had been killed in the Tibet region.

The earthquake has also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing 18 and injuring at least 30. Several groups of climbers were also said to be trapped at base camp which was severely damaged.

Panicked residents had rushed into the streets as the tremor erupted with the impact felt hundreds of miles away in big swathes of northern India and even in Bangladesh.

'USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.
'To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.'

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged that the UK would do all it can to help in the aftermath on the Nepal earthquake.
On Twitter he said: 'Shocking news about the earthquake in Nepal - the UK will do all we can to help those caught up in it.'

Yesterday Vim Tamang, a resident of Manglung village near the epicentre, said: 'Our village has been almost wiped out. Most of the houses are either buried by landslide or damaged by shaking.'All the villagers have gathered in the open area. We don't know what to do. We are feeling helpless.'

A terrified Kathmandu resident said: 'Everything started shaking. Everything fell down. The walls around the main road have collapsed. The national stadiums gates have collapsed,' Kathmandu resident Anupa Shrestha said.

Indian tourist Devyani Pant was in a Kathmandu coffee shop with friends when 'suddenly the tables started trembling and paintings on the wall fell on the ground.








Before and after: The Dharahara Tower, one of Kathmandu's landmarks built by Nepal's royal rulers in the 1800s was reduced to rubble when the earthquake struck yesterday morning




People inspect the damage of the collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in the capital city






A survivor is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in Kathmandu yesterday shortly after the earthquake struck at around noon



The quake's epicentre was 50 miles north-west of Kathmandu and it had a depth of only seven miles, which is considered shallow in geological terms. The shallower the quake, the more destructive power it carries, and witnesses said the trembling and swaying of the earth went on for several minutes.

National radio warned people to stay outdoors and maintain calm because more aftershocks were feared.

A 6.6-magnitude aftershock hit about an hour after the initial quake. But smaller aftershocks continued to arrive every few minutes and residents reported of the ground feeling unstable.



People gathered outside Kathmandu's Norvic International Hospital where doctors and nurses had hooked up some patients to IV drops in the car park or were giving people oxygen.

A Swedish woman, Jenny Adhikari, who lives in Nepal, told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that she was riding a bus in the town of Melamchi when the earth began to move.
'A huge stone crashed only about 20 metres from the bus,' she was quoted as saying.
'All the houses around me have tumbled down. I think there are lot of people who have died,' she told the newspaper by telephone. Melamchi is about 30 miles north-east of Kathmandu.

The earthquake also shook several cities across northern India and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan and Lhasa in Tibet, 340 miles east of Kathmandu and India's capital of New Delhi.
The Indian cities of Lucknow in the north and Patna in the east also reported strong tremors.





In Siliguri, India, where at least two people including a woman were killed, the front of an earthquake-damaged house was trapped in wiring and the branches of a tree








A collapsed house in Nyelam County in Shigatse, Tibet (top) while a man looks through the ruble of a similarly damaged building in Kathmandu





As well as leveling many of Kathmandu's homes and structures, the quake also left a dust pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said






People search for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square yesterday in the immediate aftermath






Rescue teams and tractors clear the rubble of collapsed buildings, crumbled temples and broken walls in the famous square yesterday



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Google have relaunched their 'person finder' tool to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
The tool is a searchable, online database to help people track down their loved ones who are involved in the disaster.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed hundreds and destroyed homes, also damaged communications in the region.

Person Finder collates information from emergency responders and individuals who post details about relatives missing or found.
Within hours of the disaster, 200 names had been uploaded.

The tool was first launched in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and has been used in several major disasters ever since including the 2011 Japanese tsunami and 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.



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Nepal Earthquake and Everest Avalanches Kill 2,500 + People With HUGE Aftershocks...
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Nepal hit by 6.7 magnitude aftershock after huge 7.9 magnitude earthquake and Everest avalanche left more than 2,500 people dead



The Telegraph UK, 26 April 2015


In this photograph taken on 25 April, 2015, rescuers tend to a sherpa injured by an avalanche that flattened parts of Everest Base Camp Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP


7.47 GMT

Unicef have said that at least 940,000 children in areas affected by the earthquake are in "urgent need" of humanitarian assistance. Unicef staff reported dwindling water supplies, power shortages and communications breakdowns.




A mother tends to her daughter, injured in Nepal's recent earthquake, at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (Unicef)


17.13 GMT





Members of the Chinese International Search and Rescue Team arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Rex)




15.52 GMT

India has dispatched 13 military aircraft to Nepal loaded with tonnes of food, blankets and other aid, stepping up relief efforts to its earthquake-devastated neighbour.
Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar said the transport planes were carrying disaster management experts along with medical supplies and other relief material desperately needed in the wake of Saturday's deadly quake.

"We expect to have 13 military aircraft going to Kathmandu.... Five of these have landed while the others are on their way. By late evening (Sunday) we expect all 13 to land," Jaishankar told a briefing in New Delhi.
India's assistance is part of a massive aid effort that has started pouring into Nepal following the quake that has claimed more than 2,500 lives.





14.38 GMT

Pope Francis has led prayers in St. Peter's Square for the dead and displaced in Nepal and surrounding areas.
The Pope called for assistance for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing. He said he was praying for the victims, the injured and "all those who are suffering from this calamity," and asked that they have the "support and fraternal solidarity" they need.





Nepalese people gather to cremate their family members who died in the earthquake in Bhaktapur AP



The Vatican secretary of state sent a formal telegram of condolences seeking to encourage rescue crews and comfort the survivors on Saturday.


14.26 GMT





A Nepalese man cries as he walks through the earthquake debris in Bhaktapur (AP)



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EXCLUSIVE: The Terrified Mother who Gave Birth as the Nepal Earthquake truck
- ‘I Watched Cracks Appear in Hospital Walls and Patients Run for Their Lives’


  • Asha Shrestha was in labour when the earthquake hit, causing cracks in the walls of the Kathmandu maternity unit
  • 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck in an isolated area 42 miles west of Namche Bazar and triggered deadly landslides
  • The tremors were felt over thousands of miles and as far apart as Dhaka in Bangladesh and New Delhi in India
  • Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from the earthquake has now risen to at least 37, and is likely to grow
  • Seventeen other victims were recorded in India and another person lost their life in Tibet, it has been reported
  • Comes less than three weeks after a quake devastated the region, leaving 8,000 dead and thousands homeless
  • US officials said a US Marine Corps helicopter with two Nepalese soldiers and six US Marines on board is missing
Daily Mail 13 May 2015 Australia


A terrified mother watched cracks appear in the walls of a Kathmandu maternity unit and felt the ground shake beneath her feet as a massive earthquake struck Nepal while she was in labour.
Plaster began falling from the walls and patients ran for their lives as Asha Shrestha, 29, prepared to give birth in an operating theatre in Prashuti Griha Hospital.

Her distressed relatives carried her from the room and sheltered in a tent after the powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit, killing dozens of people and sending thousands more rushing out in to the streets of the capital Kathmandu.
An hour later, Ms Shrestha gave birth to her daughter in an emergency room and lay down side-by-side with other new mothers and their babies in a corridor.

Her home was destroyed less than three weeks ago when a devastating 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 8,000 people, flattened entire villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless in the region.

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Newborn: Asha Shrestha (pictured with her baby girl on a corridor floor) was in labour when the powerful earthquake struck Nepal





Shrestha’s husband Bharat (pictured), who was outside the hospital at this time, said: 'I was very worried about what had happened to them'



Ms Shrestha's relatives were waiting outside the operating theatre when the ground began to shake at around 12.35pm local time Tuesday.

'Doctors were ready with a syringe, when the earthquake started,' said relative Eta Laxmi, 29, who was waiting nearby. 'I got very scared. We only had 10 minutes left till the surgery officially started and the walls started cracking around me.'

Chaos ensued as patients began running and the hospital was evacuated. Doctors waited with Ms Shrestha until the ground stopped shaking before her family burst into the room and carried her to the safety of a tent in an open space outside.

Ms Shrestha’s husband Bharat, 38, who was outside the hospital at this time, said: 'I was at the main gate of the hospital. I was very worried about what had happened to them.'

She sat in the tent in pain before being rushed to an emergency room by doctors, where she gave birth to a baby girl. Ms Shrestha, who only remembers being scared before waking up with her new daughter, said: 'I am fine now.'

Mr Shrestha said: 'We are so happy our child is safe, and are happy to be parents again but Asha cannot stop worrying.
'She is fretting non-stop. She keeps saying "what will we do? How will we live".'

The baby girl is their third child. Their other daughters are staying in a make-shift home in the ruins of their house in Swayambhu.

'Our house was an old mud house,' Mr Shrestha added. 'It has collapsed completely, and we haven’t even had time to get our things out. We have no home to take her back to.'
The desperate father added: 'What do I name someone who was born in this earthquake?'





A woman is comforted by relatives and friends after her husband died on the outskirts of Patna in India after an earthquake and several powerful aftershocks hit Nepal





A woman crouches on a pile of rubble in the streets in Kathmandu after the powerful earthquake hit Nepal Tuesday, less than three weeks after the initial quake





Terrified: Women run for their lives carrying their belongings and children in Sankhu, Nepal after the devastating earthquake hit on May 12





Survivors of the earthquake set up shelters in open spaces in Sankhu, Nepal. Dozens of people have been killed and thousands rushed out in to the streets of the capital





An injured man is moved on a stretcher at Kathmandu Airport. Just three weeks earlier the region was devastated when another quake struck





As night draws in a woman holds a child as she sits in an open area in Kathmandu. Many feared going back indoors tonight after the second major earthquake to hit Nepal in three weeks





Kathmandu residents prepare makeshift tents on an avenue in the capital city as they prepare to spend the night out in the open



At least 37 people were killed in the quake according to Nepal's Home Ministry. But that toll was expected to rise as reports began reaching Kathmandu of people in isolated Himalayan towns and villages being buried under rubble, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Nepalese government official Laxmi Dhakal said that the quake also left at least 1,117 people injured after it triggered landslides and caused buildings to collapse.
At least 17 people in India have died, Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Dhatwalia said, taking the toll across both countries to 55.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and struck in an isolated conservation area 42 miles west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet.

Speaking of the earthquake, Kathmandu-based businesswoman Shiwani Neupane told MailOnline: 'I was on the sixth floor of my office building when the quake hit. We had been discussing re-building of a village...The meeting had just ended, and suddenly, the sofa I was sitting on started shaking.

'At first, we thought it was a slight tremor but in seconds it felt bigger. My mother, father and I were in the office and we rushed towards the door but the building started swinging... Everyone was praying in their own way. Some were calling God's name out loud and others were more quiet.

'I knew the building had been constructed safely, so I kept thinking of that. Once the tremors subsided, everyone ran downstairs. I kept saying, don't run, don't run please because while reporting at the hospital, I had learnt that many get hit badly while running.

'Once we were outside, there was chaos in the street. The ground was still shaking. People were calling their loved ones. We walked right to the middle of the street, and stood there as motorcycles zoomed past us...The ground was still shaking and there was fear in so many people's eyes.'
'Soon, we got on our car, and drove back home... [but] we had to stop in the middle of the road because of another tremor.

'I saw patients in Prashuti Griha - the maternal hospital for women - crowded. There was a doctor in slippers and a mask. He looked like he might have run out of a surgery. There were groups and groups of people gathered outside everywhere.'




Evacuation: Patients are carried out of a hospital building as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Shockwaves were felt as far apart as Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and the Indian capital New Delhi




Total fear: Nepalese people run for open space as the massive earthquake hits Kathmandu earlier on Tuesday




Carnage: This building in central Kathmandu collapsed after the morning's massive earthquake rocked the centre of the Nepalese capital





All in it together: People gather in the safety of open space in central Kathmandu following Tuesday's major earthquake





Running for cover: Total chaos breaks out in the streets of Kathmandu following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake





A Nepalese man runs to safety through central Kathmandu after an earthquake hit a remote mountainous region in the centre of the country





Location: The quake's epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the April 25 quake killed 18 climbers




Briton Chloe Lyttle, who works for the disaster response organisation All Hands Volunteers', told MailOnline: 'I was at my desk and the ground started shaking.
'It took a few seconds to realise and then I ran outside. I knew my colleague Sinah was sleeping inside, but my body froze, I shouted her name and she came running out. We held each other shaking, while the floor beneath us continued to shake.'

She and colleague Sinah Keller were sleeping out in the open tonight and both experienced a further aftershock at around 2am, which sounded as though it brought another building nearby, they said.

Elsewhere in Kathmandu throughout the day parents could be seen clutching children tightly and hundreds of people were frantically trying to call relatives on their mobile phones.

Rescue helicopters were immediately sent to districts north east of the capital after the magnitude 7.3 quake.
The government had trouble contacting people in the area, Mr Dhakal said, but initial reports suggested there was damage in Sindhupalchowk and Dolkha districts.

Shopkeepers closed their shops and the streets were jammed with people rushing to check on their families.
Paul Dillon, a spokesman with the International Organization for Migration later confirmed that at least four of the total death toll were killed in Chautara.
A rescue team from the agency has begun searching through the wreckage of the little town, he said.

The quake caused landslides around Chautara, and more than 100 people were injured in surrounding villages, chief district officer Krishna Gyawali said.
Chautara has become a hub for humanitarian aid in the wake of a major April 25 quake .

Gisli Olafsson Emergency Response Director of humanitarian organization NetHope tweeted: 'Our colleagues in Chautara report buildings collapsing there in the 7.1M aftershock #NepalQuake'.
'People bringing hurt loved ones into the Red Cross hospital in Chautara after the 7M+ aftershock #NepalQuake', he added.





Stricken: Residents of Kathmandu gather together as they watch buildings collapse in the Nepalese capital following Tuesday's earthquake





American rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a Kathmandu house collapse following the massive earthquake





Nepalese rescue workers search for survivors at the site of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu following the massive earthquake





Scene of desturction: Tuesday's deadly earthquake levelled scores of buildings in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu




Rubble: The cleaning-up of collapsed buildings in central Kathmandu has already begun following Tuesday's huge quake




A man stands on the debris of his collapsed house in the Nepalese town of Sankhu after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the country





Medics treat an injured person at the police hospital in Kathmandu following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake which struck at around 12.35pm



Nepal volunteer compares destruction in Bungamati to WWII;




Mr Olafson initially described the quake as 7.1 magnitude because that what how it was initially registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. It was later upgraded to 7.4 before being downgraded down to 7.3.

Aftershocks of 5.6 and 6.3 magnitude hit Nepal less than an hour after the original quake.
Writing on Twitter before her mobile phone battery ran out, Ms Neupane described the chaos that broke out as the earthquake hit.

'We are very scared. Everyone is calling family members,' she said.
'Massive chaos on the street. People running out of homes. Ground is still shaking,' she added.
'The streets are completely chaotic. Blaring horns, people standing in the middle of the street... Chaos has ensued. Ambulances on road. Hope many don't die,' she went on to say.

The quake's epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the April 25 quake killed 18 climbers.
It struck 52 miles east of Kathmandu at a depth of 11.4 miles, according to the USGS, while the April 25 quake hit 9.3 miles below the surface.
Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage above ground.

'The shaking seemed to go on and on,' said Rose Foley, a UNICEF official based in Kathmandu. 'It felt like being on a boat in rough seas.'







Panic: People were seen comforting each other in the streets of Kathmandu as hundreds of others frantically tried to call their relatives





An injured woman holds a flannel to her bloodied head in the Nepalese town of Sankhu as she makes her way to a nearby hospital





Traumatised: A woman breaks into tears outside the Nepal Police Hospital in Kathmandu following Tuesday's massive earthquake





An elderly Hindu woman attempts to rest at a field hospital in Kathmandu, where those injured by the earthquake sought treatment





Taking a break: People gather in the safety of open space in central Kathmandu following Tuesday's major earthquake





Taking care: People bring their injured relatives to a police hospital in Kathmandu following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake




Working incredibly hard: A team of medics treat an injured person at the police hospital in Kathmandu


Aid agencies struggled to get reports from outside of the capital.
'We're thinking about children across the country, and who are already suffering. This could make them even more vulnerable,' Foley said.

Norway's Red Cross, which was helping people from the April 25 earthquake at a 60-bed hospital in Chautara in central Nepal, said on Twitter in Norwegian that there were 'many injured, several killed' and added that their hospital tents have already received patients.
At the Norvic Hospital in Kathmandu, patients and doctors rushed to the parking lot.

'I thought I was going to die this time,' said Sulav Singh, who rushed with his daughter into the street in the suburban neighborhood of Thapathali. 'Things were just getting back to normal, and we get this one.'

Catherine Cowley from CAFOD's Humanitarian team is in Bakrang in Gorkha District – one of the worst hit districts from the first quake – and said people there are completely terrified, with one woman screaming at the sound of a car starting, thinking it was another quake.

'There was a large group of us meeting outside when the earth started shaking. Everyone started pointing at the trees and running. The earthquake lasted quite a while and there have been several aftershocks since then,' she said.





Worry: In Kathmandu, parents could be seen clutching children tightly as the ground continued to shake beneath them





Out in the open: Nepalese patients lie on stretchers area after being carried out of a hospital building as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the country. They were evacuated in case the hospital collapsed





Aftershocks of 5.6 and 6.3 magnitude hit Nepal less than an hour after the original earthquake







Fear: Nepalese people gather in the streets of Kathmandu after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the country





Shockwaves were felt over thousands of miles and as far apart as Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and the Indian capital New Delhi, where buildings swayed for more than a minute and people scurried into the streets. This image was taken in Allahabad, India


Many houses in the villages here had already been destroyed by the last earthquake, but we saw one that had only been cracked collapse. Across Nepal, a lot of houses which were already partially damaged could fall down,' she added.
'The impact could be immense. But the biggest impact is fear. Everyone is desperately trying to contact their families to make sure they're safe. Everyone is scared that more buildings will collapse.'

'When we started the car to leave the village, a woman screamed because she thought the engine noise was another aftershock. People are traumatised and panicking. Driving through the countryside you can see people gathered outside, terrified of going indoors,' she went on to say.

Nepalese people have been terrified by dozens of aftershocks that hit the country in the days following the April 25 quake.

Meanwhile, the impoverished country has appealed for billions of dollars in aid from foreign nations, as well as medical experts to treat the wounded and helicopters to ferry food and temporary shelters to hundreds of thousands left homeless amid unseasonal rains and unreachable with landslides blocking many mountain roads.

'This was a jolt just like the big one last month, though it was not that long,' said Kathmandu resident Avinav Shrestha. 'I was very scared, though. Anything can happen.'

Strong shaking was also felt across northern India. In the Indian capital of New Delhi, people scrambled outdoors while buildings swayed.
Across the Nepalese border in Tibet's Jilong and Zhangmu regions, the Earth shook strongly. Tremors were also felt slightly in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

'Rocks fell from the mountains,' Jilong county government vice chief Wang Wenxiang was quoted as saying by China News Service. 'There might be some houses collapsed or damaged. We are now checking on the condition of the people.'

Describing the fear and panic among the local population, Ms Neupane said: 'The streets are completely chaotic. Blaring horns, people standing in the middle of the street... Chaos has ensued. Ambulances on road. Hope many don't die'





Nepalese military personnel stand amid the rubble of a collapsed building in the centre of Kathmandu following Tuesday's earthquake





Fear: Thousands of people in Kathmandu rushing out in to the streets following the massive quake





Scene of destruction: A Nepalese woman sits outdoors in the already damaged town Bhaktapur, Nepal after a second quake Tuesday





Making contact: A man speaks on his mobile phone in central Kathmandu following the earthquake in Nepal


Mountaineers seeking to scale the world's tallest peak have called off this year's Everest season.
The quake came just hours after the Nepalese army rescued 117 people - including two U.S. citizens who had been searching for a missing relative - who had been stranded in trekking villages after the April 25 quake.

The 115 Nepalis and two Americans were evacuated from Syanjen, Kenjing and Langtang Village, where hundreds of people were killed in a huge landslide and avalanche triggered by last month's earthquake.

All of those rescued by the Nepalese Army Tuesday morning were stranded in the three popular trekking villages in Rasuwa district.
A series of avalanches and bad weather in the area had slowed the military's efforts to reach those cut off after the April 25 quake. It is not known how today's tremors affected the mission.

'The entire Langtang Valley has turned into a rocky and snowy ruin due to avalanches,' said Uddhav Bhattarai, Rasuwa's district administrator.





Shock: The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and struck 42 miles west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest. As this report suggests, for a short time the quake was recorded as 7.4




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RAF HELICOPTERS SENT TO HELP EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS ARE BARRED FROM ENTERING NEPAL

Nepal has denied entry to three British Chinook helicopters sent to aid the earthquake effort - amid fears they could damage buildings when landing.
The RAF aircraft arrived in New Delhi, India last week ahead of plans to fly them across the border and join the international rescue operation.

But the Nepalese foreign ministry has refused permission for them to enter the quake-hit country with a spokesman suggesting they are too big to land near houses.
The spokesman, Tara Pokharel, added: 'We have told the British authorities that they cannot fly their Chinook helicopters here because our technical team says they are likely to damage the houses and other buildings in the Kathmandu valley.
'We are worried about broken windows and roofs being blown off by these big helicopters.'

It comes as a second major earthquake hit an isolated area of Nepal today near the Chinese border between the capital, Kathmandu, and Mount Everest.

Britain flew the helicopters out from RAF Brize Norton in transporter aircraft on April 30.
According to the Times, the RAF had planned to transport the helicopters to Kathmandu for reassembly - but when it became clear Nepal's only international airport was too damaged, they were diverted to India.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 killed more than 8,000 people and left thousands more homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter.
Getting relief to the worst-hit villages is a huge challenge because many are in remote mountainous terrain that is only accessible by helicopter or on foot.

India, China and the United States have sent helicopters and are helping take food, water and tents to affected communities.





Destruction: Tuesday's earthquake comes just weeks after a devastating quake (pictured) killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes


US Marine Helicopter with Six U.S. Marines on Board Disappears in Nepal while Providing Earthquake Relief after Second Quake that Killed at Least 68

  • The UH-1Y Huey with two Nepalese soldiers and six U.S. Marines on board disappeared over Charikot, Nepal on Tuesday
  • A military official said that there is 'no indication that there was a crash' but that 'it is so dark' so they could not confirm that
  • According to the Pentagon there were reports of 'fuel issues' before the helicopter went missing
  • The helicopter was one of three Marine Corps UH-1Y Hueys participating in earthquake relief operations following last month's 7.8 magnitude tremor
  • The aircraft is part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469
  • Charikot was one of the villages hardest hit by a 7.3 magnitude quake on Tuesday
  • The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday's earthquake was the largest aftershock to date of the destructive quake in April


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MISSING: US MARINE CORPS HELICOPTER THAT WAS PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING SECOND NEPAL QUAKE




Missing: Nepalese service members load relief supplies into a US Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom from Joint Task Force 505 at Sindhuli, Nepal on May 11 - a day before one of the same aircraft went missing

US officials say a UH-1Y Huey with two Nepalese soldiers and six US Marines on board has disappeared over Charikot, Nepal. Their identities have not been revealed.

The helicopter was one of three Marine Corps UH-1Y Hueys participating in earthquake relief operations following last month's 7.8 magnitude tremor.

A 90-minute search by three Marine Corps V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft failed to locate the aircraft before nightfall and the air search was suspended. A ground search by Nepalese troops was continuing, US Army Col. Steve Warren said.

'Essentially what we have right now is truly a missing helicopter. We simply don't know its location,' Warren said, noting that the area is 'rugged and mountainous' and any radio transmissions from the helicopter might not be heard due to the mountains.

Warren said an Indian helicopter working in the quake zone had overheard radio chatter from the US helicopter about 'fuel issues' before it went missing.
He said it was not clear whether the helicopter might have been low on fuel or if there was a problem with its fuel lines.

'The UH-1 had launched to deliver tarps and rice,' Warren added.
'Because of the terrain [it] had not been in contact for approximately two hours. No emergency beacon has been detected at this time.'




US Marines Arrive at Kathmandu Airport with a Helicopter and Four Ospreys to Help in the Earthquake Relief Effort.




GoPro Captures Fear and Destruction of Second Nepal Earthquake



Rescuers Search for Survivors under Rubble in Kathmandu




Shocking Moment Earthquake Hit Temple Near Kathmandu




Landslide in Dhunche Caused by Second Nepal Earthquake

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