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UPDATE: Two Ottawa women safe in Nepal

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Two Ottawa women missing in Nepal after a deadly series of avalanches are safe.

Virginia Schwartz posted an update on her Facebook page early Thursday stating she and best friend Jane Van Criekingen are alive and well — and hiking out of the area where up to two dozen people were killed.

Original story: 2 Ottawa women are among the missing in Nepal. The Ottawa Sun reports Virginia Schwartz and her best friend Jane Van Criekingen are among the dozens reported missing after a cyclone triggered avalanches and blizzards in the Himalayas, where it is peak tourist season. The families have received confirmation neither woman was among the 4 Canadian trekkers killed in the avalanche. The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal said it has sent two rescue helicopters to the region.

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