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Nepal earthquake: Missing Northern Ireland man reported to be alive

By Claire Williamson, additional reporting PA

Published 27/04/2015

Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Police inspect what remains of Kathmandu's landmark Bhimsen tower after it was damaged in the earthquake (AP)
Volunteers from British charity Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID) check their equipment at Heathrow airport
Family members break down during the cremation of an earthquake victim
A Buddha statue is surrounded by debris from a collapsed temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Rescuers look for victims under a collapsed building in Kathmandu (AP)

A 24-year-old man from Northern Ireland believed to be among those missing in the Nepal earthquake is reported to be alive, according to a Red Cross website.

Oliver McKevitt has been named on the list of 90 British and Irish-born people believed to be missing in Nepal compiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The list also indicates there are a further thirteen people from the Republic of Ireland who are also missing.

The ages of those missing range from 21 to 71.

The 24-year-old's details were updated on the Nepal Earthquake ICRC website.

Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from the capital, Kathmandu, to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche which buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts.

Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, near the epicentre of Saturday's quake, said he was in desperate need of 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.

He said 223 people had been confirmed dead in the district but he presumed "the number would go up because there are thousands who are injured".

Mr Timalsina said his district had not received enough help from the central government, but Jagdish Pokhrel, the clearly exhausted army spokesman, said nearly the entire 100,000-soldier army was involved in rescue operations.

"We have 90% of the army out there working on search and rescue," he said. "We are focusing our efforts on that, on saving lives."

Nepal police said in a statement today that the country's death toll had risen to 3,617 people. That does not include the 18 people killed in the avalanche, which were counted by the mountaineering association. Another 61 people were killed in neighbouring India, and China reported 20 people dead in Tibet.

Well over 1,000 of the victims were in Kathmandu, where an eerie calm prevailed today.

A Nepalese family living in Northern Ireland have told of the horror of losing a close relative in the devastating earthquake.

Jayanti Chudal's 75-year-old uncle was struck on the head by a flying brick after attending worship in a Hindu temple as the Kathmandu disaster struck.

Haku Pradhan Maharjan was still alive when he was taken to hospital - but died a few hours later.

Meanwhile a climber from Londonderry had a lucky escape after her boyfriend took ill on the way to Everest's Base Camp - just an hour before it was buried in an avalanche.

Tens of thousands of families slept outdoors for a second night, fearful of aftershocks that have not ceased. Camped in parks, open squares and a golf course, they cuddled children or pets against chilly Himalayan night-time temperatures.

They woke to the sound of dogs yelping and jackhammers. As the dawn light crawled across toppled building sites, volunteers and rescue workers carefully shifted broken concrete slabs and crumbled bricks mixed together with humble household items: pots and pans, a purple notebook decorated with butterflies, a framed poster of a bodybuilder, so many shoes.

Here is a full list of British and Irish-born people believed to be missing in Nepal, compiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):

Abdulla Dahab, 20, London

Adam Powell, 45, Great Britain

Alex Murphy, 25, Dublin

Andrew Robertson, 56, England

Ann McNeil, 66, Sussex

Arron Conran, 22, Ireland

Ashrafe Sultana, 31, London

Brian Allen, 41, Edinburgh

Brian Monteith, 22, Glasgow

Callumn Shally, 21, England

Chloe Pincho, 27, England

Ciaran Sands, 55, Ireland

Cliodhna Cork, 21, Dublin

Daniel Thomas Hughes, 36, Wrexham

Darine Flanagan, 22, Galway

Darren Alexander Smith, 27, Edinburgh

Darren Russell, 26, Wrexham

Deniz Csern Oklavek, 48, Luton

Derek Waters, 56, Dartford

Emma Louise Waterton, 37, UK

Emmet Gallagher, 33, Dublin

Evan Mark Williams, 51, Wolverhampton;

Fiona Lamont, 26, Staffordshire

Gary Williams, 52, Plymouth

George Richard Wilson, 69, Manchester

Hayley Saul, 32, Northampton

Heather Chan, 34, Dundee

Heather Stretton, 47, Louth, Lincolnshire

Helen Pounder, 21, Bishop Auckland

Huw Alexander Lashmar, 57, Wales

Ian Wainman, 42, Merseyside

Jack Kilpatrick, 24, England

Jack Young, 21, England

Jacqueline Bushe, 54, Donegal

Jacqueline Toal, 34, Glasgow

Janet Brownlie, 59, UK

Jason Russell, 28 Wrexham

Jonathan Hikmet, 25, UK

Jonathan William Blott, 24, UK

Joseph Ire Sieder, 45, London

Karl Townsend, 43, Liverpool

Kathleen R Fellows, 70, England

Keith Diplock, 71, East Sussex

Laurence Benjamin Gerhardt, 24, UK

Lloyd Davies, 22, UK

Lynda Davis, 50, Scotland

Madelana Ryan, 48, Dublin

Marilyn Ann Harnett, 65, Saffron Walden

Mark Ian Skenerton, 50, Chelmsford

Martin James Edmonds Gattuso, 38, Harborough Magna, Warwickshire

Martin Oppenheim, 65, England

Martin Thomas Donnelly, 34, Stockport

Mary Magdelina Claus, 64, Nuneaton

Matthew Caraport, 23, UK

Matthew David Spruell, 38, London

Matthew Thorne, 36, Stirling

Maurice Hanley, 54, England

Maxwell John Hynes Giusti, 45, London

Mike Russell, 42, Lancashire

Mitchell Carpenter, 23, Aberdeen

Monica Redenham, 63, London

Naomi Everett, 24, Manchester

Niall Kavanagh, 54, Dublin

Nicholas Cooney, 71, Drogheda

Norah Arscott, 77, Somerset

Oliver McKevitt, 24, Northern Ireland

Pat Loughran, 66, Dublin

Philip James Green, 30, London

Rachel McDonald, 26, Kent

Richard Jones, 59, Glasgow

Richard Bannister, 64, England

Ross Cameron Smith, 22, Dumfries

Ruth Millington, 25, UK

Samuel Beckett, 23, Portsmouth

Samuel Luke Bond, 28, Bath

Seobhan McGuigan, 41, Edinburgh

Shaun Bailey, 27, Stoke-on-Trent

Simon Charlesworth, 49, UK

Sinead Nic Cionna, 31, Monaghan

Sonia Downie, 50, London

Sophie Proffitt, 23, Oxford

Stephen Burke, 26, Ruislip

Su Browning, 62, Lambeth

Susan McDonald, 41, Dundee

Susannah Ross, 20, Bath

Terry Tremble, 56, England

Thomas Drumm, 55, Monaghan

Thomas William Southgate, 23, England

Tracy Ruth Powell, 45, UK

Victoria Barkas, 34, United Kingdom

Additional reporting PA

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