Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

First Aussie Declared Dead; Toll Climbs and More Shocks May Be on Way

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

First Aussie Declared Dead; Toll Climbs and More Shocks May Be on Way

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Byline: Pamela Frost APN Newsdesk

THE first Australian victim of the Nepal earthquake was confirmed last night as dozens of Australians remain missing.

The Melbourne mother of two Renu Fotedar was 49.

She was last seen at the Everest base camp.

Trekking company Dreamers Destination told the ABC that Ms Fotedar had been killed and the company was trying to return her body to Kathmandu.

As of late yesterday the death toll following the country's horrific earthquake on Saturday reached 3200 people, and is expected to continue rising.

More than 6000 people have also been injured after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara about 6am local time.

Ms Bishop said more than 850 Australians had been confirmed safe but dozens were listed as missing on the Red Cross's restoring family links website.

At least 18 climbers on Mount Everest have been killed after the earthquake triggered avalanches on the mountain and buried parts of base camp. …

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