MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Around 200 Russians will be evacuated from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu soon, a diplomat in the Russian Embassy in Nepal told TASS on Tuesday.
"The evacuation list currently includes 200 Russians, while there is a lot more of those who want to leave the country," the diplomat said. "For now, the issue of evacuation is being considered taking into account technical difficulties connected with a short runway [at Kathmandu airport]," he added.
"All Russians are currently in a camp on the territory of the Russian center of science and culture of Rossotrudnichesto [federal agency]," the diplomat said.
Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescue planes will fly to Nepal from India overnight to April 29, head of the ministry’s rescue squad Alexander Romanov told TASS earlier on Tuesday. Two Russian Il-76 planes have been staying at the New Delhi airport from April 27. "We have received an official permission from Nepal’s authorities to fly. Overnight to April 29, two planes with a task group and Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers aboard will fly to Nepal. They [planes] will evacuate Russian citizens from Nepal," Romanov said.
The planes will also deliver humanitarian aid to a disaster-stricken country, including food and necessities, and necessary equipment for liquidating the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
The devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday. The death toll of the earthquake has exceeded 5,000 people, Agence France-Presse reported, while more than 8,000 others were injured. According to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), at least 6.6 million citizens have been affected by the disaster.