6 SA hikers survive Nepal earthquake

At least six members of the Johannesburg Hiking Club were on a hiking trip when the quake hit Nepal.

Errol Goodman survived the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, 2015. A car was buried in by bricks that fell of a building that collapsed. Picture: Errol Goodman/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - A South African woman has told Eyewitness News that her husband and six other hikers in Nepal have survived the earthquake but are stranded and unable to get home.

Yesterday a 7.9 magnitude quake hit near the capital of Kathmandu flattening homes, buildings and temples then causing widespread damage across the region.

The 7.9 magnitude quake has killed more than 1,900 people including at least 17 Mount Everest climbers.

Candice Goodman says her husband Errol was on a hiking trip with six members of the Johannesburg Hiking Club when the quake hit Kathmandu.

While the death toll is fast approaching 2,000, the group escaped the quake unharmed.

Goodman says the only contact she has had with her husband since the quake hit has been a few SMSes and an email.

Errol has described scenes of panic saying the authorities are not geared up for the disaster relief efforts and repatriation.

"He says he's safe and when it happened he was in Kathmandu and says building are coming down in their area."

Nepal devastation. Picture: Errol Goodman/iWitness.

She says her husband has been stranded since yesterday with no idea of when he will return.

Errol was buying last minute gifts for his family when the quake struck knocking him off his feet.

Meanwhile, a major aftershock with an initial reading of magnitude 6.7 has just hit Nepal.

The United States Geological Survey's Zachary Reeves said, "There's a good chance that there will be more aftershocks in the next few days."

Nepal devastation. Picture: Errol Goodman/iWitness.

MOUNT EVEREST RESCUE PLANE ARRIVES

The first rescue plane carrying people injured in an avalanche at the Everest base camp has arrived in Kathmandu carrying 15 climbers who survived the collapse triggered by Nepal's worst earthquake in 81 years.

In 1934, an 8.1 magnitude quake hit the mountainous country claiming the lives of more than 10,000 people.

The Red Cross's Mark South says hospitals are busy and will soon run out of aid supplies.

"From last night the hospitals were very busy and stretched. People are working as best as they can given the conditions they have to work in. the issue is medical supply and space is limited."

WATCH: Massive earthquake rocks Nepal.

SA'S GIFT OF THE GIVERS TO SEND A TEAM

At the same time, aid group Gift of the Givers says its sending 20 of its search and rescue personnel together with technological equipment to Nepal.

It also has a team of 20 trauma specialists on standby.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman said, "We are looking at a three level response, first a search and response, then a trauma specialist team and thirdly a purchase of supplies for the people of Nepal. This includes tents, clothing, water and food which we intend buying from India."

LISTEN: Nic Dawes with the update on the Nepal quake.