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Stranded Taiwanese tourists returning from Africa

Stranded Taiwanese tourists returning from Africa

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Twenty-three Taiwanese tourists who were stranded in Zambia due to a massive airport fire in Kenya are now on their way back to Taiwan, Taiwanese officials said Tuesday. The Taiwanese tourists, traveling in two tour groups, were scheduled to return home via Kenya but their flights were disrupted by the fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Aug. 7, said Anna Kao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman. After being stranded for a few days in Zambia, they were able to fly to Kenya Monday afternoon and are now on their way back to Taiwan, Kao said. The 23 travelers are expected to arrive in Taiwan Tuesday night, after a transit stop in Thailand, according to the foreign ministry. The tour groups originally had a total of 25 members, but two tourists from one of the groups returned to Taiwan before the scheduled departure date of Aug. 10, so they were not affected by the airport fire, according to the Tourism Bureau. The fire temporarily closed down the international airport in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Aug. 7, but it has reopened. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out terrorism. (By Lin Shen-hsu and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-04-17 22:57 GMT+08:00