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Russian rescuers working in five areas in quake-hit Nepal’s capital

May 01, 2015, 15:54 UTC+3 KATHMANDU
The Russian rescuers are working in close cooperation with the authorities of Nepal and also squads of China and France
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KATHMANDU, May 1. /TASS/. Russian rescuers have searched four buildings on the area of 120 square meters and will continue the effort in another seven houses in the outskirts of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, the head of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry’s rescue squad said on Friday.

The team of rescuers and medical experts from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry arrived in Nepal earlier this week to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people.

"As agreed with the International headquarters for rescue effort and also with the representatives of Kathmandu’s administration, the works are due to be carried out on Friday in five areas in the settlements of Bahiti and Sitapaila. We plan to search seven buildings," Alexander Romanov said.

The rescuers are also clearing the rubble on the territory of Russia’s embassy in Nepal.

A temporary camp that can house up to 47 people has been set up for the Russian diplomats in Nepal and their families. It is located outside the embassy complex, he said.

Doctors have provided medical assistance to six citizens of Nepal, including a child, and also the Russian embassy staff.

The Russian scientific and cultural center continues accepting requests of citizens seeking to be evacuated to Russia. "Currently 42 people are planning to leave Nepal," Romanov said.

A search for the Russians missing in Nepal continues. Over the past 24 hours, the citizens have been located upon five requests but they do not need to be urgently evacuated, he said.

The Russian rescuers are working in close cooperation with the authorities of Nepal and also squads of China and France.

On Wednesday, two Russian aircraft evacuated to Moscow a total of 128 citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Libya, Belarus, Tajikistan, Israel, France and Kenya.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25. According to the latest data, 6,204 people have been killed and another 13,932 people have been injured. The quake has ruined 1,900 houses and has damaged at least 4,000 buildings.

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