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Ukrainian foreign ministry: no contact with 70 Ukrainians in quake-hit Nepal

April 26, 2015, 23:33 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, April 26. /TASS/. About 120 Ukrainian nationals might be staying in quake-hit Nepal, some 70 of them are out of contact, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos said on Sunday after a telephone conversation with Ukraine’s consul in New Delhi who has left for Nepal.

"Our consul in New Delhi has left for Nepal to help our citizens and organize their evacuation. Some 120 Ukrainians might be staying in Nepal. Some 70 out them are out of reach. There is no information about victims among Ukrainian nationals," he told the Inter television channel.

Earlier on Sunday, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko issued an instruction to send a plane to Nepal to evacuate Ukrainian nationals.

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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