Foreign Ministry preparing evacuation of Russians from Nepal

The Russian Foreign Ministry is considering evacuation of 170 Russians from Nepal and confirms that a Russian woman has been injured in the quake.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is considering evacuation of 170 Russians from Nepal and confirms that a Russian woman has been injured in the quake.

"According to the Russian Embassy in Nepal, there are no Russians amongst the fatalities. One female citizen was hospitalized with a broken leg," the ministry said in a report posted on its website on Monday.

"A temporary assembly point has been opened on the premises of the Russian Science and Culture Center in Kathmandu, and about 170 Russians are staying there. Their evacuation is being considered," the ministry said.

The ministry said the Russian Embassy in Kathmandu was maintaining contact with several groups of Russian tourists in remote areas of Nepal.

"A task force of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry [91 persons] has been sent to the natural disaster zone; they are carrying search-and-rescue equipment and gear. Two Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Ilyushin Il-76 planes arrived in New Delhi in the early morning of April 27. They will fly to Nepal as soon as the Kathmandu international airport, which has also been impacted by the earthquake, has the appropriate conditions," the report said.

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