Department makes contact with all Irish people in Nepal quake

Department makes contact with all Irish people in Nepal quake

All 170 Irish citizens known to be in disaster-struck Nepal have been found safe and well after one remaining person was located late last night, officials have confirmed.

Most have returned to Ireland but emergency teams working with overseas diplomats are helping a number of people who remain in the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Flanagan, said there were no Irish among more than 6,000 people killed in what was the worst earthquake to strike Nepal in 80 years.

“I know this has been a difficult experience for many Irish visitors to Nepal,” he said.

“While it is good news that there has been no Irish fatality, my thoughts remain with the people of Nepal at this very tragic time.”

The Irish Embassy in New Delhi remains in contact with Irish citizens who are still trying to leave the region.

Ireland has given €1m to the international aid effort.

An Irish Rapid Response Corps is also dispatching 63 tonnes of tents, tarpaulins, blankets and other emergency relief items.

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