There are no words to describe the depths of our sorrow and loss.
We believe that our girls, Bailey Sage Meola, and Sydney Jo Schumacher, perished during the earthquake and catastrophic landslide in the Langtang region of Nepal. When Sydney’s brothers, Will and Paul, searched the entirety of the trek, and saw the immense and unfathomable destruction and devastation, it became clear that there was no chance our girls had survived. Although our strong desire has been to hear final confirmation from the US Embassy, and to receive our beloved girls’ remains, we haven’t, and may never.
We have been profoundly moved by the support and love we have received from near and from far, far away. You have all had your part in helping us move through these dark days. Thank you.
The Meola Brown Family
The Schumacher Family
It is with great sadness that I share this news we received from the SAR Dogs Nepal as to the status of the Langtang Landslide Recovery Mission. It seems the likelihood of any type of recovery in the area of Langtang is now impossible as a result of the second earthquake.
News received states;
The second quake has caused more slides and damages in and around the Gosaikunda-Langtang-Helambu region.
Horrible disfigured mountain slopes have caused huge countless landslides yesterday and entire villages are now buried.
Langtang Village is now buried under a further 300 metres high and 600 meters wide hill of debris – a new smaller mountain of its own inside the valley.
Langtang Valley is vanishing slowly from the map. The pressure by the Indian sub continental drift on the two mountain ranges at both the sides of the west to east situated canyon is absolutely immeasurable”.
We questioned the possibility of proceeding with a search and recovery effort for the areas of Kyangin Gompa, Thangsyap and Ghora Tabel – the last know location of many other loved ones still missing.
The response from SAR Dogs Nepal came as follows;
“It is out of the question that the search & recovery mission into Langtang Canyon (Valley) will resume. The Army has now taken every living human out, the place is empty. The army and local administration have declared it a restricted area, entering is not possible anymore.
There have been 3 more landslides on top of that first landslide and the entire area is still shaking and moving continuously.
This is the grim reality we face now. Also, the Monsoon is now coming in 15-20 days – this will cause serial landslides, the worse is still to come…”
It seems clear despite our hope to perhaps find someone alive in the Langtang region, to perhaps recover maybe at least one more person for one family, no amount of will can change this harsh reality, and I am so very sorry. Sorry for the young backpackers and trekkers, the beautiful people of the villages who thrived on this industry and the families across the world in pain.
If I can be of any assistance to family, please feel free to contact me.
Vishal Rishi Sharma : I would like to inform you that Airport is now open. It was closed only for a while. Flights are now functional. Also everything in Kathmandu is safe. Few casualties have been reported but situation is under control and devastation is not that huge. ########### Khaled Habash Portland, ME, United States · Hello Everyone! I wanted to update everyone. My sister, Yasmine Habash and Reid Harris, along with ALL locals, have been forced to evacuate from the Langtang Area due to multiple avalanches. The weather is/was terrible and is NOT a place to be. They did not have luck finding our mother Dawn Habash although giving up was not an option until the forced evacuation. I want to thank the people from this page and families around the world for all help, support, love and hope that has allowed us to get through the past 2 weeks. We are heartbroken and exhausted yet truly feel everyone right next to us. My heart is with your heart. Dawn Habash was on the Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal at the time of the earthquake. ##########Here is a message from Leonie Elsner’s family: Nina Stechmann has been identified as one of the deceased in Langtang. Her friend, Leonie Elsner, is still missing. Please let everyone know that we appreciate all the help and support, organizing and staying in touch. It is such a hard time for everyone, especially those who do not know anything about their still missing ones and the ones who lost their beloved, and especially for the Nepalese people who lost everything. Langtang Missing/Found People https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618410661725880/ http://missingperson.gov.np/Nepal-Police/search-persons.php The Russian Embassy in #Nepal has confirmed the deaths of two young diplomats, Alexei Lipeev and Maria Yakovleva, after their bodies were discovered in the mountain village of Langtang. 22 Nepalese dead body evacuated from Langtang, Rasuwa By Mahabirgan(ranger) 3 unidentified dead evacuated from Langtang Embassies are kindly requested to coordinate. Status: Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu he body of award-wining local DJ Sai Jaya Raj Anthony, who has been missing since the devastating Nepal earthquake, may have been found. The authorities have found a body with Anthony’s passport in Langtang Valley, one of the worst-hit mountain villages, about 130km north of Kathmandu. Sai Maya Raj Anthony M 21 Malysia A34235325 Dead evacuated from Langtang Maybe someone did say it already but spanish news just confirm the dead of Roser Palau. Mi más sentido pésame. D.E.P. Roser. I’m still waiting to hear from my brother Tyronne white 44 from Australia trekking alone. He was last seen at langtang and had a chat with another guy and i quote: I saw him on April 23rd. He was either going to stay in Langtang that day or make it up slightly higher. He was going up. We chatted briefly at the spot I was having lunch (in Langtang). Higher up to Kyanjin gompa and onto the glacier most likely and that Tyronne looked fine and ready to go! So if anyone at anytime has seen Tyronne or has any info at all regarding him please contact me personally through email at email@example.com Facebook private message brepil whikim or call +610410928776. Thank you very much. — with Tyronne White.
Langtang Missing People (68) Last Updated 5.5.15 at 4:07 a.m. PST (Name, Age, Nationality, and Best Guess of Last Location) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q62U7oP9joNaPluo2aAWJGmRxeUxqj-v8XCrkTVQ3YQ/edit?pli=1 Please contact the following numbers for more details on missing foreigners. 1. Rikesh Tandukar — Police Inspector Contact: 1144 (Toll free) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Sarad Pradhand — Media Consultant, NTB Contact: 9851077385 Email: email@example.com Thanks TAAN Media Center Sundar Tiwari Dear All : I’m sorry this links may bring bad news for someone and also good for some. Please see the links from Nepal Police.http://nepalpolice.gov.np/images/crisis-detail-2072-01-18/foreigner-2072-01-18.pdf Nepal Quake: Langtang Missing/Found Person Database https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1emNUSYvk0fo1BqaDAzIzDQXFoHGYm9QGcFPW8SCnORg/htmlview?pli=1&sle=true# April 25.2015 DCnepal भुकम्पमा पुरिएर मृत्यु भएका यि साना बालकको लास निकालिंदै Report on situation in Langtang, April 28, from Austin Lord. “Some information about the effects of the earthquake in the Langtang Valley, as well as the rest of Rasuwa: The village of Langtang was the site of the largest single catastrophe, as the entirety of village was completely buried by an avalanche that came from thousands of feet above on the southern slopes of Langtang Lirung and Langtang II. Smaller settlements on the outskirts of Langtang, such as Chyamki, Thangsyap, and Mundu were also buried. It is impossible to determine exactly how many Continue reading “#update #NepalQuake #Langtang #Missing #People #NAMES #FOREIGNER #Report #Missing/Found #Person #Database”