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China sends People’s Armed Police units to earthquake-hit Nepal for disaster relief

May 03, 2015, 10:19 UTC+3 BEIJING
The operation was approved by China’s government and entered its active phase after a bilateral meeting between Chinese and Nepalese authorities initiated by Kathmandu
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BEIJING, May 3. /TASS/. China has sent units of People’s Armed Police to Nepal to assist the local authorities in disaster relief, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Servicemen from China’s south-western Tibet Autonomous Region have already crossed the border with Nepal, the agency said. The operation was approved by China’s government and entered its active phase after a bilateral meeting between Chinese and Nepalese authorities initiated by Kathmandu, Xinhua added.

The devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25. The death toll of the earthquake has reached 7,000 people, according to latest reports, while more than 14,000 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.

Seismologists have registered 67 aftershocks after the devastating earthquake. The magnitude of aftershocks varied from 3.2 to 6.9, most of them were felt on the territory of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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