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Nepal avalanche: Toronto family eager to hear from relatives

Family members are hoping to hear from a Toronto couple who are believed to be travelling in the same remote region of Nepal where a deadly avalanche struck in the Himalayas Wednesday, killing four Canadians.

'As time goes by, you just start getting a little more concerned'

Rose Maninang and Marc Voyer, who were trekking in the same remote region of Nepal were a deadly avalanche hit this week, emailed family members on Friday to say they are safe. (Submitted)

Family members are hoping to hear from a Toronto couple who are believed to be travelling in the same remote region of Nepal where a deadly avalanche struck in the Himalayas on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people including four Canadians.

Nadia Chychrun told CBC News she's trying to remain positive that her brother Marc Voyer and his girlfriend Rose Maninang will come home safe.

The couple were halfway through a 21-day trek of the mountainous Annapurna Circuit when an avalanche and blizzard hit the popular but remote area Wednesday.

Four Canadians are among the 20 confirmed dead, but many more are missing.

Chychrun said she last heard from her brother on Sunday via email. He recently warned her that he and his girlfriend would be heading into an area of Nepal where access to the Internet and cellphone signals could make communication difficult.

Since thenm Chychrun and members of her family have been scouring Internet reports for updates.

"We've got to carry on and assume that everything's fine … until we hear differently," she told CBC News. "They were definitely in that location at the same time the avalanche hit."

The couple's trekking trip to Nepal was part of an extended vacation to Asia and Australia that began in February.

The couple had planned to come home in September but decided to stay and take a trekking trip to Nepal.

"I have visions of him being holed up in some little spot on the circuit … waiting for a time that he can get down," said Chychrun. "That's what I'm envisioning, is that he's somewhere waiting for rescue and making the most of it and having a really great story to tell at the end of the day.

"As time goes by, you just start getting a little more concerned," she said. "You keep wondering 'why hasn't he emailed?' or why hasn't he touched base?'"

Chychrun has been in contact with both Foreign Affairs and the Canadian consulate in Kathmandu, but at this point they have not been able to provide any information on the whereabouts of Marc and Rose.

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