UPDATE THURSDAY 10.45am: THE first contact with family since Nepal was shook by Saturday's massive earthquake has been made by two girls from Casino and Goolmangar.

Ngaire Seccombe and Athena Zelandonii, both 25, were on the fifth day of a trekking expedition in the Langtang Valley when the magnitude 7.8 quake hit.

John Seccombe said the girls last spoke with family before they set off trekking, so to hear they were safe and well was fantastic.

"The girls have been airlifted from the Langtang Valley to an army base out of Kathmandu called Dhunche.

"From what I gather, they used helicopters flying to and from that base to airlift people from all the remote areas.

"They were airlifted down there yesterday afternoon.

"There are about 200 people there of all nationalities there and only one phone.

"Athena has been able to speak to her mother and she said both girls are safe and well.

"They are waiting to hopefully be airlifted to Kathmandu later today.

Mr Seccombe said to get a phone call from Athena's mother Ayla confirmed what he saw in a Facebook video featuring the girls yesterday.

"To get definite confirmation they were safe and well was a huge relief.

Mr Seccombe said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were aware of the girls new location.

"I have spoken to Kevin Hogan about the situation and he said it takes time.

While he hasn't spoken to Ngaire, Mr Seccombe said he and wife Louise may have to wait until she gets to Kathmandu.

"Hopefully we can speak to her today, that's if they get into Kathmandu, but we don't expect to hear from her know until she gets to Kathmandu."

Once in Kathmandu, Mr Seccombe said the challenge for the girls will be getting a flight home.

"I know there will be a lot of people trying to get flights out and we don't know how tickets will be allocated."

 

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 2.30pm: VIDEO has been posted on a Facebook page showing what is believed to be Casino's Ngaire Seccombe and Goolmangar's Athena Zelandonii alive in Nepal's Langtang Valley following Saturday's earthquake.

Ngaire's father John said he hadn't spoken to his 25-year-old daughter for more than a week.

The video, posted by Faye Kennedy shows people in cold conditions in the Langtang Valley.

"Ayla Zelandonii the girl in the purple jacket looks like Athena don't you think?? Maybe," posted Emma Visman.

"Ed Seccombe Amie Lee Jasmine McEnerny about 1 minute in check the right corner of the video - there are two girls one wearing a purple jacket and the other has a white beanie. I swear that's Athena and Ngaire."

A screenshot from the video, posted on a Facebook page, shows two women who family say they recognise as Ngaire Seccombe and Athena Zelandonii in Langtang Valley following the Nepal earthquake. Photo Contributed
A screenshot from the video, posted on a Facebook page, shows two women who family say they recognise as Ngaire Seccombe and Athena Zelandonii in Langtang Valley following the Nepal earthquake. Photo Contributed Contributed

Marlene Woligroski then posted some positive news.

"Yes, Athena and Ngaire are on the list of survivors waiting there," Marlene wrote.

"Yeah that's Ngaire and Athena about 1 min in," Tony Seccombe posted.

Ms Kennedy then confirmed Ngaire and Athena were alive and well.

"Athena is sweet. She has a great camera and was taking lots of photos. she will have lots to share when she gets out."

 

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10.30am: A CASINO man is still clinging to hope his daughter and her travelling companion from Goolmangar are alive and safe in Nepal following Saturday's earthquake.

John Seccombe said his family and Athena Zelandonii's parents still haven't spoken to either Anthea or his daughter Ngaire.

"We heard nothing at all overnight," he said.

"We've just seen on Facebook a few pictures of where they are."

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Mr Seccombe and Ms Zelandonii were directed to a Facebook page with a photo of a hand written note, believed to be penned by Ngaire

Mr Seccombe said seeing the photos on Facebook really illustrated the dire situation in the Langtang Valley.

"It looks pretty bleak.

"There is a lot of destruction in the area and some of the buildings look like they have been totally annihilated.

"It looks very cold, they are all huddled up in their parkas and things.

The international effort to rescue survivors has seen some countries rescuing their citizens and leaving other nationalities behind, people have posted on Facebook.

"According with the Spanish and German embassies, a group of people three hours ago were evacuated first by helicopter and the by bus to Kathmandu," Raul Jiminez posted this morning.

The photo of a handwritten note posted by Hans van Gastel‎ on the Langtang Missing/Found People, naming Ngaire Seccombe as a survivor of the Nepal Earthquake.
The photo of a handwritten note posted by Hans van Gastel‎ on the Langtang Missing/Found People, naming Ngaire Seccombe as a survivor of the Nepal Earthquake. Contributed

 

UPDATE 9.30am: A HAND written note is the glimmer of hope John and Louise Seccombe are holding onto that their daughter Ngaire and her friend Athena Zelandonii of Goolmangar have survived the devastating Nepal earthquake.

The two 25-year-old's were just over a month into a six week holiday in Nepal when the magnitude 7.8 quake struck on Saturday afternoon, Australian time.

Just three weeks ago the friends were at the Annapurna Everest Base Camp which was wiped out by an avalanche.

When his phone rang in the early hours of this morning, Mr Seccombe said he was praying it was positive news.

"Every phone call that comes in we are hoping its Ngaire making contact," he said.

"A friend of the girls was trawling the Facebook sites early this morning and we got a call to look at a site in Germany.

"On the Facebook site there is a note saying someone had come out saying that there were 84 survivors of 15 nationalities sheltering in a hospital in a village in Langtang.

"With that there was a hand written note…we know Ngaire's name is a difficult name to spell but I was spelled correctly and it appeared to be in her handwriting."

With some confirmation Ngaire and Athena could be alive, Mr Seccombe said he notified the government.

"We are still ever hopeful she can get and out in speaking to DFAT they are alerted and they now have priorities to check on the girls to see if their ok

"Because that's the other thing we don't know, whether they're injured or not. "

Getting that glimmer of hope was the best moment in his life, Mr Seccombe said.

"It has to be.

"We were looking at the devastation on TV last night, especially in the area they were and there were reports coming back that some villages were totally annihilated.

"Obviously your mind races and you think the worst, but to get the good news was a massive relief."

As the death toll rose, Mr Seccombe said they never gave up hope the girls were alive.

"You have to remain positive, its difficult but you must remain positive.

"When you start looking at the worst case scenarios it's pretty traumatic so it's best to remain positive. "

Casino woman Ngaire Seccombe, 25, who has been in Nepal for the past month is missing following Saturday s earthquake. Photo Contributed Facebook
Casino woman Ngaire Seccombe, 25, who has been in Nepal for the past month is missing following Saturday s earthquake. Photo Contributed Facebook Contributed

The girls were five days into a trek in the Langtang Valley.

"We knew they weren't going to be able to get out until today or tomorrow so we knew we weren't going to hear from them.

"We were relying on that and I suppose if we hadn't heard anything by tomorrow were would have been in a far worse state than we are now.

Now the girls have to get to Kathmandu.

"I spoke to DFAT and obviously transportation and communication is very difficult but I believe the Indian Army are flying into the remote areas.

"So hopefully we can get messages to and fro through that system.

"So now we have just got to wait to let them make their way to Kathmandu and register with the embassy and we'll go from there.

If needed, Mr Seccombe said he and his wife would fly to Nepal to bring Ngaire and Athena home.

"We'd do anything to help her and that was some of the things we were thinking about last night.

"Now that we've got something to hang onto, if she needs help we'll be there in a flash."

 

UPDATE 8.45am: NGAIRE Seccombe's father John Seccombe has said he has heard unconfirmed reports via a German social-media post that his daughter has survived the earthquake in Nepal.

The Nepal Earthquake Registry still lists her as missing. 

It is also known that Ngaire's travelling companion, Athena Zelandonii, is from Goolmangar. 

 

INITIAL REPORT: IT HAS been an anxious few days for Backmede's John and Louise Seccombe after they received news on Saturday their daughter Ngaire was missing following the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which struck at 4.11pm AEST, has already claimed more than 3200 lives, with Ms Seccombe and her 25-year-old travelling companion Athena Zelandonii listed as missing.

Mr Seccombe said Ngaire had been in Nepal travelling for just over a month and was on a trek in the Langtang Valley when the earthquake hit.

"They were on treks and we knew once they were on a trek they were out of communication," the Northern Cooperative Meat Company chairman said.

With Ngaire's mobile phone out of range, Mr Seccombe said they have been liaising with the government for any news about their daughter.

"Communications are difficult and they are doing their best to track people down. I'm not there on the ground but I believe they are doing everything they can. They have been very supportive of us."

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"It doesn't make you feel terribly good knowing your daughter is missing, but I feel for the people who have lost their lives and the other poor souls that are still missing," he said.

"It's a dreadful situation."

epa04721379 Local residents in search of safe accommodation walk along a narrow road past a massively destroyed building 26 April 2015 - twenty four hours after a devastating earthquake that so far has taken the lives of more than 2,400 people. EPA/Hemanta Shrestha
epa04721379 Local residents in search of safe accommodation walk along a narrow road past a massively destroyed building 26 April 2015 - twenty four hours after a devastating earthquake that so far has taken the lives of more than 2,400 people. EPA/Hemanta Shrestha Hemanta Shrestha

"They were in Kathmandu and everything was good," he said.

An experienced traveller, Mr Seccombe said Ngaire didn't consider the possibility of an earthquake hitting Nepal.

"She has travelled many times to South East Asia, the US and Canada," he said.

epa04721476 Dozens of tents lie damaged after an avalanche plowed through Mount Everest base camp killing at least 18 people following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, 25 April 2015 (picture made available 26 April 2015). The avalanche that swept through parts of base camp is reported having had the combined force of two separate snowslides from different peaks. EPA/AZIM AFIF Courtesy of Azim Afif
epa04721476 Dozens of tents lie damaged after an avalanche plowed through Mount Everest base camp killing at least 18 people following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, 25 April 2015 (picture made available 26 April 2015). The avalanche that swept through parts of base camp is reported having had the combined force of two separate snowslides from different peaks. EPA/AZIM AFIF Courtesy of Azim Afif AZIM AFIF

"You always think of dangers when people are going into areas they don't know, but not really (the possibility of an earthquake)."

"She was due to depart Nepal in a couple of weeks for home," he said. "She did live in Brisbane but she's changing positions so she is with us at the moment."

The view back to the summit trail from Kyanjin Ri in Nepal's Langtang National Park on April 23, 2014. (AAP Image/ Paul Purcell) NO ARCHIVING
The view back to the summit trail from Kyanjin Ri in Nepal's Langtang National Park on April 23, 2014. (AAP Image/ Paul Purcell) NO ARCHIVING PAUL PURCELL

For now, Mr and Mrs Seccombe continue to hold out hope Ngaire is alive and safe.

For a list of registered travellers to Nepal and their status visit the Nepal Earthquake registry.


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