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Six Taiwanese tourists in quake-hit Nepal still unaccounted for

Six Taiwanese tourists in quake-hit Nepal still unaccounted for

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The number of Taiwanese nationals known to have been in Nepal when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated large areas of the Himalayan country last weekend had increased to 288 as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 282 of whom were confirmed safe, according to the latest update provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The information was obtained by the ministry's outposts at the request of the travelers' families and travel agencies or through their travel registrations, ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao (??) said. According to the latest information, there are still six people -- four tourists and two on religious tours -- with whom the ministry has yet to make contact, said Bob Chen (???), deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a news briefing. Four of the six Taiwanese have remained unaccounted for since April 26, one day after the earthquake, Kao told reporters. It was not clear whether they are still alive. The ministry is still trying to reach those who remain unaccounted for through various channels, Kao said, noting that local lines of communication have been disrupted in the wake of the quake. Some of the Taiwanese travelers confirmed safe have already returned to Taiwan, while others have left Nepal, the ministry said. The earthquake, the worst to strike Nepal since 1934, occurred approximately 80 kilometers to the northwest of the country's capital of Kathmandu April 25, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It destroyed buildings in Kathmandu and severely affected rural areas across the region. The death toll has surpassed 5,000 and more than 10,000 have been injured, foreign media reported. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:34 GMT+08:00