Wexford trekkers stranded in Kathmandu to arrive home on Thursday
EIGHT Wexford people who were stranded in Kathmandu following Saturday's huge earthquake in Nepal have arrived in Istanbul on their way home.
Keith Jordan, from Westgate Design, said his mother Catherine and the seven other Wexford trekkers caught a Turkish Airlines plane a few hours ago following several fretful hours of waiting at Kathmandu international airport and had since landed in Turkey.
The party are due spend the night in Istanbul before returning to Ireland on Thursday (April 30).
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Those in the Wexford party are: Catherine, Fr Tom Dalton, Mary Moran, from Barntown, Joan Etchingham, from Summerhill, Jim Mcgillicuddy, who works at the Department of Agriculture, in Johnstown, Ger Colfer, who owns Only Natural, in Wexford town, James Morrisey and John Nolan, from Nolan's Stoneworks.
At least 5,000 people were killed by the 7.8 magnitude quake, although the death toll is likely to rise significantly as rescuers reach outlying villages, some almost completely destroyed.