Date
23 July 2017
Clara Cheung (inset right, bottom left), daughter of Christine Fang (inset left), is among four friends from Hong Kong who were making their way to the Mount Everest base camp before it was hit by an avalanche. Photos: Youtube, Ming Pao
Clara Cheung (inset right, bottom left), daughter of Christine Fang (inset left), is among four friends from Hong Kong who were making their way to the Mount Everest base camp before it was hit by an avalanche. Photos: Youtube, Ming Pao

Daughter of Christine Fang safe after killer quake in Nepal

The daughter of Christine Fang, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, is safe in Nepal after going missing for two days, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

Clara Cheung was among the 20 Hongkongers missing on Sunday, the day after a massive earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands of people.

Cheung was with three other women, all between the ages of 26 and 28, who were planning to climb Mount Everest.

The group, three of whom are University of Hong Kong medical students and one a lawyer, are close friends.

They planned to travel in Nepal between April 18 and May 6, including reaching the base camp at Mount Everest at a height of 5,000 meters.

The quartet reportedly called home Saturday night, assuring their families that they were safe. But that was the last that was heard from them for a couple of days.

Cheung sent a friend a message Tuesday morning that they were at a hotel at Lobuche, near the Mount Everest base camp, the report said.

Hong Kong’s Immigration Department sent a team to Nepal Monday to provide assistance to Hong Kong travelers.

By 9 p.m. Saturday, the Immigration Department had received calls for help from 41 Hongkongers who were stuck in Nepal. The department found 21 of them and is making efforts to locate the rest.

Senior immigration officer Wong Ka-wai said he expected communications to be the biggest hurdle in Nepal and that his team will set up a counter for Hongkongers at the airport.

The Security Bureau has raised the outbound travel alert for Nepal to red.

It is estimated that at least 4,138 people were killed in the disaster, including 25 mainland Chinese, and at least 7,500 were injured.

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