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Six Dubai trekkers found safe in Nepal

Five Omani citizens also stranded in Kathmandu

Six Dubai trekkers found safe in Nepal
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Six Dubai trekkers, missing since the earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, have been found safe in a village.

The six young men (pictured below) from Dubai - Thanweer Rawther, Hadil Haneef, Mohammed Azhar Ali, Mazhar Mohideen, Sunil Gandhi and Nihad Khan – went missing after the deadly earthquake in Nepal that has claimed the lives of at least 3,326 people.

The group sent a selfie picture to friends from the Sindhupalchok district, one day before the quake hit, where they were due to do a bungee jump. No contact had been made until this morning, when family members confirmed on social media they have been located.

Emirates 24/7 has reported that Thanzeem Rawther, sister of one of the missing men, confirmed that they have been located in a nearby village called Tauthali.

“Tears of joy now. The boys are confirmed from the resort and that it’s really them,” she said.

“They are on the guest list of the resort - people who are moved to the nearby field/village area.

One of our boys’ parents have had this confirmed over phone too.”

The six are now awaiting a relief helicopter to transport them to safety, as the roads are unpassable.

Meanwhile, some of the 300,000 Nepali people living in the UAE have been returning home to help families affected by the quake. The Non-Resident Nepali Association in Abu Dhabi, has formed a committee to advise citizens and find help for their families, according to The National newspaper.

Dhananjay Jha, Nepal’s ambassador to the UAE, said as many as 3,000 Nepali expats may have been affected.

The UAE, which will today send humanitarian and medical assistance to the affected people through its relief agency Emirates Red Crescent, has donated $1.3 million for the victims of the earthquake. Sheikha Fatima, chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), has donated the money to provide relief for victims.

In Oman, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were working to ensure the safe return of five Omani citizens stranded in Kathmandu.

“This is a very sad day for all of us. Unfortunately as per reports, there are about five Omanis who are stranded in Kathmandu. They were mostly tourists and more information is awaited. There is no Omani consulate or embassy in Nepal and official matters are looked after by the Omani embassy in New Delhi,” Bharat Kumar Regmi, chargé d’affaires at the Nepal Embassy in Muscat told Muscat Daily.

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