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Number of Americans missing in Nepal rises to 101: Families hunt for their loved ones as true scale of devastation from quake starts to emerge

Nepal warns earthquake death toll could hit 10,000

  • Three Americans who were on Mount Everest at the time have been confirmed dead  
  • Avalanches were triggered by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that ripped through Nepal, India, China and Bangladesh
  • Up to 3,300 people have died in the disaster across the Himalayas with scores still unaccounted for in the region 
  • Everest basecamp was buried by deadly avalanches that were sparked by the earthquake on Saturday morning 
  • Among mountaineers to have died is American Google executive Dan Fredinburg and Dr Marisa Eve Girawong
  • Denver-born Tom Taplin, 61, was recording a documentary at the basecamp when the avalanche hit  
  • The earthquake is Nepal's worst natural disaster for 81 years while Everest has never seen so many die on one day  

The number of missing Americans in the Himalayas has risen to at least 101 as families across the world scramble to find information after Saturday's devastating earthquake. 

The death toll across Nepal, China, India and Bangladesh has risen to 3,300, with Nepalese officials speculating it could reach 10,000. More than 6,000 have been injured across the region.

As many as 18 climbers, including three Americans, and sherpas are feared dead after a series of avalanches buried Everest basecamp following the tremors.

On Sunday night, new posts were submitted to the missing persons register for Mendy Losh and Danny Cole, two friend from New York's Crown Heights district. 

Cole, a father of four, and Losh had planned to embark on a climb up Everest after arriving in Nepal last week, according to Facebook posts from their friend Zevi Steinhauser.

A 32-year-old adventurer from Colorado Springs, Andrew Lamar Goggans, is also missing, as is 62-year-old Beverly Brooks Brown from Biloxi, Mississippi, and 26-year-old Philadelphia man Benjamin Schneider.

Mendy Losh (left) and father-of-four Danny Cole (right), from Crown Heights in New York, have been registered missing in Nepal
Aaron Lamar Goggans, a 32-year-old adventurer from Colorado, is also missing

At least 101 missing Americans: Mendy Losh (left, on the left) and father-of-four Danny Cole (left, on the right), from Crown Heights in New York, have been registered missing in Nepal. Aaron Lamar Goggans (right), a 32-year-old adventurer from Colorado, is also missing

Fears: Michelle Page, 50 (left), and Christine Bedenis are also still missing. Authorities and charities are struggling to piece together information to send back to families 

Missing: Josh Edwards, 19 (left), and Dawn Lightfoot, 30, (right) are among the American citizens still unaccounted for 

Among the mountaineers who died in the disaster is a 33-year-old Google executive, a New Jersey-born doctor based at the site, and a filmmaker from Denver who was recording a documentary about the treacherous summit.

They were buried by avalanches triggered by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal slammed into a section of the mountaineering base camp, where hundreds were preparing to make their summit attempts. Hundreds are still missing and many are stuck waiting to be rescued. 

In Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, the bodies of those buried alive have been laid in the street beneath white sheets. Their grieving relatives have prepared them for cremation, setting up make-shift funeral pyres in the city's open spaces. 

The death toll has reached 56 in India, most of them from Bihar state, while 17 Chinese nationals in Tibet also died. 

Those who managed to get away from the epicenter were met with chaos at transport hubs, with flights being diverted away from Tribhuvan International Airport. 

Dr Marisa Eve Girawong died in the avalanche alongside a feared 17 others
Google engineer Dan Fredinburg died in the disaster

Fatalities: Dr Marisa Eve Girawong (left), 29, a medic on the base camp, and Google engineer Dan Fredinburg, 33, (right) are the first identified fatalities in the Everest avalanche, which killed at least 18 climbers

Dr Girawong, 29, and Denver-born filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, were killed when ice and rock crushed the 18,000-foot-altitude base camp where she worked as a medic for Madison Mountaineering
Tom Taplin, 61, was recording a documentary when the avalanche hit

Tragic: Dr Girawong (left) and Denver-born filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, were killed when ice and rock crushed the 18,000-foot-altitude base camp where she worked as a medic for Madison Mountaineering


Aftermath: Two men help clear debris after buildings collapsed in Bhaktapur, Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu

Aftermath: Two men help clear debris after buildings collapsed in Bhaktapur, Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu

Escape: Two women find safe ground in front of a destroyed building 24 hours after the deadly earthquake hit Nepal 

Escape: Two women find safe ground in front of a destroyed building 24 hours after the deadly earthquake hit Nepal 

Concern: A mother tends to her daughter at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. Most of the patients have been moved outside to the courtyard, fearing aftershocks could damage the buildings 

Concern: A mother tends to her daughter at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. Most of the patients have been moved outside to the courtyard, fearing aftershocks could damage the buildings 

Damage: Cyclists pass a huge crack in the road created by the tremors on the outskirts of Kathmandu 

Damage: Cyclists pass a huge crack in the road created by the tremors on the outskirts of Kathmandu 

Aftershocks on Sunday forced patients and their doctors to abandon buildings and seek treatment in the streets, fearing another tremor could cause a building to collapse.  

Governments from around the world are now sending funds and much-needed supplies as the recovery effort continues. 

The avalanche which hit Mount Everest started on Mount Kumori, a 23,000-foot-high mountain just a few miles from Everest, and gathered strength as it tore across the world's highest peak.

Yet more avalanches were feared following the earthquake's aftershock which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale this morning as the first survivors were flown out off the mountain. 

American Google executive Dan Fredinburg was the first confirmed fatality on the mountain yesterday. Dr Marisa Eve Girawong, 29, was also killed when ice and rock crushed the 18,000-foot-altitude base camp where she worked as a medic for Madison Mountaineering.

A third American, Tom Taplin, 61, who owned TET Films & Photography, was making a documentary when the earthquake hit, NBC News reported. His wife Corey Fryer told the station he died 'doing what he loved'.  

It is the worst natural disaster Nepal has seen in 81 years, and the highest death toll ever recorded on Everest. Before now, the mountain's deadliest year was 2014, when 16 people died in one day.

Relatives and friends of those who have not been seen or heard from are using social media and the Red Cross in a desperate bid to locate them. 

Emmanuel O'Kane from New York (left) and Aram Schwartz from California have also been reported missing by their families 

Unknown whereabouts: Gregory (left) and Elisa Travalio (right) are unaccounted for. It is not known whether the pair are related 

Searching for a trace: Jim Lane also also been reported missing by his family.Youngster Sydney Schumacher is also unaccounted for 

Dan Fredinburg also died in the disaster on Saturday
The 33-year-old's former girlfriend, actress Sophia Bush, paid tribute to him as 'an incredible friend'

Dan Fredinburg also did in the disaster. The 33-year-old's former girlfriend, actress Sophia Bush, described him as 'an incredible friend' 

Among the Americans still missing are 19-year-old Joshua Edwards from Bend, Oregon. His family said on Twitter that he was last seen heading towards the epicenter of the earthquake. 

Michelle Page, 50, from Santa Monica, California, is was with Dan Adams in the area. She has not been heard from since.  Dawn Lightfoot, 30, from La Jolla, California, is also unaccounted for. 

Some, including Kat Heldman and Alexis Kanter, were able to reach the families to reassure them they were safe as the chaos of the aftermath continued. 

On Sunday the first groups of survivors were flown off the mountain by aid helicopters. Two sherpas who survived the avalanches have since spoken of the horror. 

'I was resting in my tent when the earthquake hit. I heard a big noise and the next thing I know I was swept away by the snow. I must have been swept almost 200 meters. I lost consciousness,' said Pemba Sherpa, 43.  

'When I regained consciousness, I was in a tent surrounded by foreigners. I did not know what happened or where I was.' 

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Comment by xiaojun on June 18, 2019 at 5:48am
Comment by Jason Samuels on April 28, 2015 at 2:09pm
I don't care how many Americans are missing or dead. I care how many PEOPLE are missing or dead. Their nationality is not important...
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