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As the death toll in Nepal surges past 4000, after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that devastated the mountain country on April 25, the tragedy has also touched a tightly knit community in Melbourne. 49 year old Indian-Australian, Renu Fotedar was among the 19 people killed at Mt Everest base camp, where the earthquake triggered an avalanche.
By
Manpreet K Singh / SBS Radio Punjabi

28 Apr 2015 - 9:00 PM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2015 - 9:00 PM

A resident of Melbourne and a member of the Kashmiri Pandit community, Anjali Razdan recalled Renu Fotedar as  "A gem of a person - someone who loved life, and loved nature".  Speaking to SBS Punjabi program on the night of April 27, Ms Razdan went on to say, "We just can't believe this news - we still hope it was not true, "

According to Ms Razdan, Ms Fotedar , a mother of two, was living in Switzerland for the last couple of years - but had recently visited Melbourne, excited about her Mt Everest adventure. She had been on expeditions before, but this was her first attempt to climb Mt Everest.

According to Ms Razdan, the entire Kashmiri Indian community is plunged into sadness upon hearing of Ms Fotedar's death. 

"I think our community can't come to grips with this news  that a woman with such a good heart, a woman with no malice, a woman so much in love with nature, free, such a nice person is not with us anymore. As her friend, as her family member, we just can't get over this".