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Russian rescue planes evacuate 128 people from Nepal

April 29, 2015, 8:35 UTC+3
The planes on Wednesday brought to Nepal a team of Emergencies Ministry rescuers and medical experts, who had been sent to join search and rescue operations
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Il-76 plane

Il-76 plane

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KATHMANDU, April 29. /TASS/. Two Russian Emergencies Ministry planes have departed from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu carrying more than 100 citizens of Russia and other states who wished to leave the country after a devastating earthquake.

A TASS correspondent reported from Kathmandu on Wednesday that some 128 citizens of Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Ukraine and Israel were on board the two Il-76 planes.

One of the planes is carrying a Russian woman, who broke her leg when a hotel in Kathmandu crashed down during the earthquake, the correspondent said.

The planes on Wednesday brought to Nepal a team of Emergencies Ministry rescuers and medical experts, who had been sent to join search and rescue operations.

The team includes around 100 specialists - rescuers, medical experts and psychologists - from the Centrospas rescue group and the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Centre Leader, as well as experts from the All-Russia Scientific Research Institute on Problems of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations, the ministry told TASS. All of them have vast experience of working in disaster zones, including quake-affected areas, it said.

The planes also delivered more than two tonnes of relief aid to Nepal, including foodstuffs and daily necessities, as well as five special vehicles and high-tech equipment necessary to eliminate the damage caused by the earthquake.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25. Its epicentre was located 84 kilometres away from the capital city Kathmandu at a depth of 15 kilometres. The earthquake was followed by a series of 67 aftershocks with a magnitude ranging from 3.5 to 6.9.

According to the latest reports, the earthquake claimed more than 5,000 lives. Over 10,000 people were injured. The biggest damage was done to Kathmandu, where 1,900 have been ruined and at least 4,000 more building severely damaged. The earthquake triggered snow slides at the world’s highest Mount Everest, burring about 80 climbers. Earth tremors were felt in the Indian capital New Delhi and in its eastern, northern and northeastern states, where 70 people were killed and more than 250 injured, in Myanmar, Bangaldesh, and in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

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