Rescue helicopter (illustration)
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The search continues on Friday for hikers still missing since the lethal avalanche on Nepal's Thorong La mountain pass Tuesday, in which three Israelis have already been confirmed among the 27 dead found until now.

Nepalese rescue teams are trying to rush the search for those stranded in the deep snow drifts amid fears that a new storm is making its way towards the region - in a threat that could delay searches further and make it impossible to rescue lost hikers.

The Israeli embassy in Nepal is continuing emergency actions to try and locate all of the Israelis who still have not made contact with their families in Israel.

As noted there have been 27 dead in the avalanche, and at least another 70 who are still known to be missing.

Currently there are specific fears for the life of an Israeli tourist who was hiking in the mountain range at the time of the avalanche.

According to other Israeli tourists who were in the area, he was last seen as he was in trouble from the avalanche, but they were unable to reach and help him because of the harsh weather conditions.

Around seven Israeli tourists are still hospitalized in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, suffering from frostbite of different degrees and emotional distress after being exposed to difficult scenes during the disaster.

"To the best of our knowledge, for now the wounded are not in a situation where there is a risk to their lives," said Foreign Ministry director Meir Ben-Sheetrit. "The embassy visited them already and the families contacted them."

Around 130 Israelis who were in the area of the avalanche have yet to contact their families. According to the Foreign Ministry, the reason for that is poor cell phone reception due to the remote area and bad weather conditions.

Israeli Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz, who runs Nepal's Chabad Center in Kathmandu, has been updating the list of Israeli hikers and helping to make contact between them and their families in Israel.

The rabbi told Arutz Sheva the number of dead Israelis is liable to rise still further, saying "we know of several hikers who are still at the (disaster) site, but at this point in time it is not possible to reach them. We hope that this tragic event will end as quickly as possible and with as little loss of human life as possible."

Among the three Israeli tourists confirmed dead in the disaster is Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, of Masuot Yitzchak - Israel's first religious female air force navigator.

The other two victims have been identified as Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat; and Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya in the Galilee.