Nepal quake death toll rises to more than 4,600 with 8 million people affected in Himalayan region

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL – More than 4,600 people are confirmed dead with about 10,000 injured following Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal.

And officials expect the numbers to rise.

The United Nations says eight million people have been affected in Nepal, India, and China.

The US is sending $9 million, 45 tons of aid, and a disaster-assistance response team that includes people trained in urban search and rescue.

Two nineteen-year-olds from Seattle are among those still unaccounted for.

Baily Meola and Sydney Schumacher were hiking the Langtang Valley in Nepal when the quake hit.

Syndey’s mother Diane spoke with her more than a week ago using Facetime. “She was showing us all the things that she had purchased for the trip, including a big bag of peanuts, which now gives me hope that they have enough to eat.”

Rachelle Brown / Baily’s mother“We know that our girls took a risk going up into this area, to travel, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve to be abandoned,” said Baily’s mother, Rachelle Brown.

Israel airlifted 25 infants born to surrogate mothers from Nepal, along with their Israeli parents, most of them gay. Nepal has become a destination for couples using surrogates to have children.

New life out of death at the top of the world.