South Africans trapped on Nepal mountain pass

2015-04-30 09:55
Mount Everest from an aerial view taken over Nepal. (Jody Kurash, AP)

Mount Everest from an aerial view taken over Nepal. (Jody Kurash, AP)

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Kathmandu - Four South Africans are trapped on a mountain pass north of Kathmandu, Nepal, it was reported on Thursday.

Rescue organisation Gift of the Givers, which has sent a team to Nepal to assist in the search and rescue operation, said that the South Africans were stuck on Langtang Pass, north of Kathmandu.

The death toll from an earthquake in the mountainous country is almost 5 500 and it is feared the toll will rise even more.

According to eNCA reporter Malungelo Booi, who is in Nepal with organisation, the two couples are with about 20 other people from other countries on the popular hiking spot.

No information was yet available on the identities of the missing South Africans.

Meanwhile, Pietermaritzburg advocates Elsje Bezuidenhout and Shane Matthews were reported to be “shaken but safe” after being caught in the chaos of the earthquake.

The couple was hiking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla when the earthquake hit, and are currently in Lukla with hundreds of other tourists all wanting to get home.

AFP reported on Thursday that rescue teams may have to trek for at least five days to deliver relief supplies to some of the areas worst-hit by the earthquake.

Read more on:    nepal  |  earthquakes  |  nepal earthquake  |  natural disasters

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