Eight Irish people are believed to be among the hundreds missing following a the massive earthquake in Nepal, which has now killed over 3,700 people and injured thousands of others.
The death toll from the earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday is expected to continue to rise as rescue workers struggle to reach remote villages. This was the worst earthquake in South Asia in over 80 years.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a list of British and Irish people believed to be missing. The list includes five sisters and three women. The British Foreign Office said it had not received reports of any Britons being killed or injured but embassy staff had assisted 200 people.
The list of Irish missing is as follows:
Ciaran Sands, 55
Jacqueline Bushe, 54, Donegal
Madelana Ryan, 48, Dublin
Niall Kavanagh, 54, Dublin
Nicholas Cooney, 71, Drogheda
Pat Loughran, 66, Dublin
Sinead Nic Cionna, 31, Monaghan
Thomas Drumm, 55, Monaghan
Originally this list including 14 names but those believed to be missing have since been in contact. One of those believed to be missing was Emmet Gallagher (33), from Dublin. On Monday morning he and his wife, Sylwia posted online that they were safe and well.
Gallagher wrote "We are fine power is only back now thanks for all the good wishes."
The others have also posted online or contacted their families to let them know they’re safe.County Monaghan, is among those still missing. Her family are trying to track her down online. One Google Person Finder her family posted “Last known location: thought to be in Kathmandu area. Had been planning on flying to Borneo between 25 and 27th April. Travelling with Bertrand Berry.
"Sinead please send a message home."
Her sister, Sorcha, told the Daily Mail “We are trying to focus on online stuff.
"We are already working with the embassy and we are working with contacts in Delhi as well.
"We have people on the ground looking for her."
One hundred travelers were in the region hit by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it they have been unable to establish contact the other Irish in the region.
The government and aid groups suggested that mountainside communities were struggling to cope.
A top official for the Gorkha district, Udav Prashad Timalsina, said the people of the area, near the epicenter were desperate for help.
“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I've had reports of villages where 70% of the houses have been destroyed," he said.
Similarly in the areas surrounding Mount Everest, where the quake caused a major avalanche, there are report that they have not receive enough assistance.
Jagdish Pokhrel the army spokesman said 100,000 soldiers are working on the rescue operation. He said “We have 90% of the army out there working on search and rescue.
“We are focusing our efforts on that, on saving lives."Everest. There were also another 61 killed in India and China and another 20 in Tibet. In Kathmandu along there have, so far, being 1,000 deaths.
Kathmandu district chief administrator Ek Narayan Aryal said “There have been nearly 100 earthquakes and aftershocks, which is making rescue work difficult. Even the rescuers are scared and running because of them.”
The quake, the worst to hit South Asia in over 80 years, was felt across India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan.