MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it is considering plans of evacuating Russian citizens from Nepal following a devastating earthquake.
"According to Russia’s embassy in Nepal, there are no Russian citizens among those dead, one Russian national was hospitalized with a broken leg," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said a temporary gathering place has been organized at the Russian scientific and cultural center in Kathmandu where some 170 Russians are currently staying.
"The issue on their evacuation is being worked out," the ministry said. The embassy maintains contact with several groups of Russian tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.
The ministry said a 91-member task force of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has been sent to the disaster area which carries all the necessary equipment for the rescue and search effort.
Two Il-76 aircraft of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry arrived in New Delhi overnight to Monday and are due to fly to Nepal as soon as the situation at the quake-damaged international airport in Kathmandu allows, the ministry said.
The death toll from Saturday's devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has exceeded 3,700, and almost 7,000 people have been injured, the Nepalese police headquarters said on Monday. At least 50 aftershocks with a magnitude ranging from 3.5 to 6.9 were registered over two days after the earthquake.