Amanda Holden speaks of relief over sister Debbie’s safety after Nepal earthquake

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THIS Morning presenter Amanda Holden has told of her relief after her sister survived the Nepal earthquake, midway through climbing Mount Everest.

The celebrity, from Bishop’s Waktham, told the ITV programme: ‘I’m still quite numb, it’s hard to take in what an awful situation it is in Nepal.’

Holden’s sister Debbie had been suffering from bad altitude sickness, which meant she hasn’t climbed very high.

She explained: ‘My sister is climbing Everest, and very luckily she was suffering - she’s at a place called Gorak Shep, which is the last camp before you get to Base Camp - and there was only four of them left at that camp because my sister was suffering so badly from altitude sickness, so she didn’t go up to Base Camp. Potentially, that may have saved her life.’

The death toll has risen to around 4,310 after Saturday’s disaster. The earthquake caused an avalanche at Base Camp, leaving at least 18 people dead.

Holden’s sister made contact with her family to let them know she was alive.

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