Aid group unaware of more South Africans in Nepal

But Nepalese officials say there may be more South Africans trapped in mountains and rural areas.

FILE: A South African team assessing a damaged building in Nepal. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

NEPAL - The Gift of the Givers Foundation said it's not aware of any more South Africans who are still stuck in Nepal following last month's earthquake.

Some remote villages were completely destroyed in the quake which killed more than 7,400 people.

But Nepalese officials believe there might be more South Africans trapped in the mountains and rural areas.

The foundation's Imtiaz Sooliman explained.

"We hear that from this side of the country, we are not hearing that from South Africa, that's the strange part. In the beginning we got so many emails from many South Africans saying, 'my child is here, some family friend was here, someone was on a mountain'."

The organisation's medical team is expected to leave Kathmandu tonight.


As thousands of Nepalese try to rebuild their homes and salvage what remains of their belongings following the deadly earthquake, the country's government is preparing to demolish collapsed buildings.

Heroic and frightening stories have been told about how people jumped off buildings to escape the quake, ran into collapsed home to rescue stranded children, and how community members made their vehicles available to serve as ambulances.

People in Nepal don't only fear falling asleep in poorly built structures as more aftershocks continue to hit the country, but have also admitted they don't feel safe in hospitals.

A Nepalese professor says the country needs to look at the way people have been building houses, fearing another disaster if this is not addressed.

"Right now we want a restructure of Nepal. What will happen after two or three years?"

Members of the Gift of the Givers Foundation have been going from house to house, treating the injured at their homes and set up feeding schemes at hospitals.