A second earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal Sunday morning at the same time Israelis teams were en route to help with the rescue effort and to evacuate Israelis.
The Foreign Ministry hopes that all Israelis with whom contact has been made, including 25 surrogate babies, will be in Israel by tomorrow night.
Ministry officials estimate that Israelis who were injured suffered only light bruises. Approximately 400 Israelis are in Nepal at this time, but the whereabouts of 150 are unknown.
The death toll has passed 2,000 and is expected to rise. Thousands of others were injured in the first quake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.
At least 17 people were killed on Mount Everest.
The earthquake was the worst in 80 years. In 1934, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Mount Everest killed more than 10,000 people.
“The reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement.
Tremors from the quake were felt in Tibet, where more than a dozen of people were killed as roads and buildings collapsed.
At least 34 people died in tremors felt in India.
British mountain climber Daniel Mazur, stranded on Mt. Everest, tweeted to Indian NDTV, “Aftershock @ 1pm! Horrible here in camp 1. Avalanches on 3 sides. C1 a tiny island. We worry about icefall team below.. Alive?”