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Nepal earthquake: Missing Scots traced

Indian rescue personnel search for survivors in a Kathmandu building 26/05/2015 Image copyright AP

Most of the Scots who were reported as missing following the massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday have now been traced.

Earlier, the Red Cross issued a list of people believed missing, which included 12 Scottish names.

Most have since contacted family members to say they are safe, with one person thought to still be unaccounted for.

James Grieve, from Kinross, is among those still stranded on Mount Everest.

At least 3,900 people are now known to have died in the disaster. More than 7,000 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.

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Image caption James Grieve is among those stranded on Everest following the earthquake-trigged avalanches

More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest following earthquake-triggered avalanches.

Mr Grieve told the Sun newspaper over a satellite phone from Camp One on the world's highest peak that the rescue effort was being hampered by storms and the party's supplies would last only a few more days.

He said: "We are in a race against time to get off the mountain."

The sister of Heather Chan, 34, from Dundee, who was on the Red Cross missing list, told BBC Scotland she had made contact with her mother early this morning and was awaiting airlift by helicopter.

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Image caption Heather Chan had been listed as missing but has now been in touch with her family

Anthea Coleman Chan said: "I think they are near a monastery and a cave so they have shelter at the moment. She said it is safe and they have enough food to last about a month so they are just rationing just now.

"I think they are expecting to be airlifted out by helicopter. They don't know when.

"But she's very lucky."

A journalist from the Scottish Borders and his family were also said to be safe but stranded. David Knox was with his wife Aileen and young daughter Jess.

Mr Knox's family back home posted a message on Facebook to say they were "alive and safe".

Relatives of Seobhan McGuigan and her partner Brian Allen, from Edinburgh, were reported to have said they had heard from the couple and that they were okay.

The mother of Mitchell Carpenter, 23, from Aberdeen, was reported to have said she had spoken to her son who was "safe and well".

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Image caption Jacqueline Toal's father said he had spoken to his daughter on the phone

On Sunday, the BBC spoke to the father of Jacqueline Toal, 34, from Glasgow, who was initially listed as missing but sent a text to her family to let them know she was safe.

Philip Toal said: "I was trying not to panic. But when that text came through there was just elation. We'd heard conflicting stories about where the epicentre was so we didn't really know what to believe.

"She said the ground shook and then within 10 or 15 seconds it got worse and worse and then at that point she realised it was an earthquake."

Two Aberdeen medical students caught up in the earthquake while on a trekking trip to Nepal also contacted family over the weekend to say they were "safe but stranded".

Joseph Feeney, from Coatbridge, and Calum Henderson, said they were sheltering in a teahouse and being cared for by their Sherpa.

Image caption Friends Joseph Feeney and Calum Henderson have been stranded in Nepal following the disaster

Mr Feeney's father, Dr Feeney, said: "The boys have been told that they're really lucky because another couple of days and they would have been further up the mountain and they wouldn't have got back down. The landslide would have blocked them off.

"But they're fine, they're just a bit shook up. They're just wondering how they're going to get home."

Meanwhile, five Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers from Aberdeen are to be deployed to Nepal to help with the recovery operation as part of the International Search and Rescue Service.

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