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4 Taiwanese in Nepal unaccounted for in wake of major quake

4 Taiwanese in Nepal unaccounted for in wake of major quake

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) A total of 27 Taiwanese nationals were known to have been in Nepal when a magnitude-7.3 earthquake shook the Himalayan country on Tuesday, and four of them remained unaccounted for as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It was the second major quake to hit Nepal in less than three weeks, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 that devastated large swaths of the country. The ministry said the information on Taiwanese nationals in Nepal was obtained from the ministry's outposts at the request of the travelers' family members and friends. There were still four people with whom the ministry had yet to make contact with as of Wednesday morning, and it was still trying to locate them through various channels. The four who have not been contacted include one Taiwanese national who has remained unaccounted for since the April 25 earthquake, the ministry said. Citing immigration information provided by Nepalese and Indian authorities, the ministry said the individual is likely in India. The ministry said its red travel alert for Nepal remains in place, and it urged Taiwanese nationals not to visit the country, where aftershocks continue. Meanwhile, three Taiwanese religious and medical groups helping with relief efforts in Nepal were all reported safe in the wake of Tuesday's strong earthquake, which hit approximately 80 kilometers east-northeast of Kathmandu. It was the largest aftershock to hit Nepal since the April 25 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The latest quake has left at least 66 people dead and more than 1,000 injured and toppled several buildings, foreign media reported. The death toll from the April 25 quake has risen above 8,000, with more than 14,000 people injured, according to foreign reports. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 00:46 GMT+08:00