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Nepal: 1,150 Australians accounted for

APTOPIX Nepal Earthquake

A child injured in Saturday’s earthquake, is carried by a Nepalese soldier after being evacuated as they wait to disembark from an Indian Air Force helicopter at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Sydney [AAP]

The federal government has accounted for more Australians listed as missing in Nepal and is offering flights out of the quake-stricken country to survivors.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishops says 1150 people have now been contacted, up from about 830 on Monday, and they are ‘safe and well’.

Melbourne woman Renu Fotedar died after an avalanche at the Mount Everest base camp on Sunday caused by a 6.7 magnitude aftershock.

The major aftershock followed the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which hit close to Kathmandu the day before and which has resulted in widespread death and destruction.

‘Her family are in Kathmandu and our embassy are providing consular assistance to them,’ Ms Bishop told Nine Network on Tuesday.

Ms Bishop extended her condolences to the friends and family of Ms Fotedar.

‘We will continue to search for any Australians who are unaccounted for but I’m pleased to confirm that 1150 have been accounted for,’ she said.

Meanwhile, Australia is sending more humanitarian supplies and personnel to Nepal, where the death toll is rising.

More than 4000 people are confirmed dead and more than 6500 injured.

The government is advising Australians in Nepal who can’t get a commercial flight home to contact the Australian Embassy there.

‘We will have an Air Force plane taking humanitarian supplies over and so it can take Australians to Bangkok where they can get a commercial flight home if they are unable to get out of Nepal,’ Ms Bishop said.

 


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