MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. The mission of the Russian Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation in Nepal is rendering assistance not only to Russians but also to citizens of all post-Soviet countries, the agency’s spokesman Sergey Shatunov said on Tuesday.
Head of the agency Lyubov Glebova noted that "Russia’s representatives in Kathmandu did not differentiate a citizen of what country a person speaking Russian was. "If he applies for help, he will get it," she said.
According to Shatunov, "in these difficult days, when Nepal is facing the consequences of a catastrophic earthquake, the agency’s Russian Center of Science and Culture became a center providing humanitarian assistance not only to Russians, but also to CIS citizens." "In spite of the objective difficulties, the camp at the center organized water supply, it provides food and electricity," he said. "People are also given an opportunity to get in touch with their families and relatives."
"Those who have injuries are delivered emergency medical care," Shatunov said. "The rest of our fellow citizens are involved in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake - they are clearing the debris and helping the victims." "The local authorities have expressed gratitude for help, and ordinary citizens of Nepal thank them for their personal involvement and contribution," he noted.
Currently, "about 250 people remain in the camp overnight," agency’s spokesman said. "People who were trapped in the mountains arrive here," he added. According to Shatunov, the Emergencies Ministry officers and the agency’s employees in Kathmandu "are compiling the lists of our fellow countrymen who need evacuation."
Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala has declared three days of mourning on Tuesday for the victims of the magniture-7.9 earthquake, which rocked the country on Saturday.
According to the latest reports, the death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has reached 5,057 people, more than 10,000 were injured.