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4 Taiwanese in Nepal remain unaccounted for in wake of major quake

4 Taiwanese in Nepal remain unaccounted for in wake of major quake

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Among the 24 Taiwanese nationals who were known to have been in Nepal when a magnitude-7.3 earthquake shook the Himalayan country earlier this week, four remained unaccounted for as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The information was obtained from the ministry's outposts at the request of the travelers' families and friends, the ministry said in a statement. Twenty of the Taiwanese nationals were confirmed safe, but there were still four people with whom the ministry had yet to make contact as of Friday evening. The ministry said it was trying to locate them through various channels. Tuesday's earthquake, which hit approximately 80 kilometers east-northeast of the capital of Kathmandu, was the second major quake to hit Nepal in less than three weeks after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 that devastated large swathes of the country. The four Taiwanese nationals who have not been contacted include one who has remained unaccounted for since the April 25 earthquake, the ministry said. Citing immigration information provided by the Nepalese and Indian authorities, the ministry said the individual is likely in India. The three others were reported by their families and friends to have been in Nepal at the time of the May 12 earthquake, the ministry said. Meanwhile, Taiwanese donations to relief efforts for Nepal have topped NT$60.9 million (US$1.99 million), including US$300,000 from the government, the ministry said. The donations also include those from several Taiwanese private groups and individuals, the ministry said. In addition to monetary donations, about 255 people in 15 teams from Taiwan -- including government officials and members of several charities, religious groups and hospitals -- have so far been dispatched to assist with the rescue efforts, help care for the survivors and deliver relief supplies, the ministry said. About 40 tons of relief supplies have also been collected from the public, including dried food, blankets, tents and lighting equipment, the ministry said. Tuesday's temblor was the largest aftershock to hit Nepal since the April 25 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It has left dozens 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. Taiwan's red travel alert for Nepal remains in place, the ministry said, urging Taiwanese nationals not to visit the country, where aftershocks continue, for either tourism or business. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-22 22:09 GMT+08:00