PRETORIA, April 28 (NNN-SABC) — Eighteen South African schoolgirls from St Mary’s Diocesan School in Pretoria who were on an educational trip to Nepal are due back home on Thursday.
The girls are reported to be safe after an earthquake ravaged the country on Saturday. The death toll from the disaster is approaching 4,000.
Steward Morris, the global operations director for World Challenge, the organization which arranged the trip for the St Mary’s students, said here Monday that the flight scheduled for the girls to return to South Africa was set to depart from Kathmandu on April 30.
“We know some airlines are putting on bigger aircraft to try and clear the backlog, we don’t think it’s going to be possible to bring them back any earlier; we’ve got plans in place to keep them safe and comfortable and we hope if there is no disruption that they will fly back on their scheduled flights,” said Morris.
There were 33 South Africans in Nepal at the time of the earthquake. About 3,218 people have now been confirmed killed in the 7.9 magnitude quake.