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Russia sends 90 rescuers to quake-hit Nepal

April 26, 2015, 20:59 UTC+3

Two Ilyushin Il-76 airplanes took off from the Ramenskoye airfield outside Moscow

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© ITAR-TASS /Vladimir Smirnov

MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Russia’s emergencies ministry has sent two planes with rescuers to Nepal to help eliminate aftermath of the Saturday’s devastating earthquake, a ministry’s spokesman told TASS on Sunday.

"Two Ilyushin Il-76 airplanes took off from the Ramenskoye airfield outside Moscow. They will take a team of 90 rescuers and rescue equipment," the spokesman said, adding that onboard the planes was a batch of humanitarian aid of food products and articles of daily necessity.

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday. As many as 48 aftershocks with a magnitude ranging from 3.5 to 6.9 have been registered following the eqrathquake. The latest magnitude 4.1 aftershock was registered at 18:41 local time /16:11 Moscow time/. Its epicenter was located 20 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu at a depth of ten kilometres. According to the latest reports, the death toll from the earthquake has exceeded 2,500. More than 6,200 people were injured.

Earth tremors were felt in India’s eastern and northeastern states, where 62 people were killed and more than 250 injured, in Myanmar and Bangaldesh.

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