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Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 19:19

HK resident confirmed dead in Nepal

By Luis Liu / chinadailyasia.com

HK resident confirmed dead in Nepal
People search through the rubble at the earthquake damaged Durbar Square in Kathmandu on April 28, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA)

HONG KONG - A 42-year-old male Nepalese holding a Hong Kong identity card had been confirmed dead on Tuesday, according to the Immigration Department, marking the first Hong Kong resident to be recorded into the death toll in Nepal's earthquake.

The man and his family have been living in Nepal for life, according the department.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong said three of its female students and a female friend have been found safe, after losing contact with their families following the earthquake.

It said the parents were able to re-establish contact with their daughters.

However, their locations are not confirmed due to bad signal in Nepal. Their parents said they had contacted the Immigration Department for help.

The university said it would do whatever it could to help the students return home as soon as possible.

About 10 Hong Kong residents came back home from Nepal's capital Kathmandu in the morning.

According to the Immigration Department, eight Hong Kong residents are still unaccounted for, while 33 others who had been reported missing earlier were found safe as of 8pm today.

Three staff from the department arrived at Kathmandu this morning and has set up special service counter at Tribhuvan International Airport.

They will work closely with Chinese Embassy, local hospitals and rescue teams in Nepal to resume contact with the missing Hong Kong residents.

It will also contact air carriers and facilitate arranging return trips for those who are stuck at the airport, according to department.

HK resident confirmed dead in Nepal
Foreign tourist and climbers wait for their flights at the Nepal International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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