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4 Chinese nationals dead; 4,000 stranded in Nepal

By Xinhua

4 Chinese nationals dead; 4,000 stranded in Nepal
Buddhist devotees gather in prayer for Nepal earthquake victims at Kaiyuan Temple in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian province o n April 26, 2015. (PHOTO / AFP)

KATHMANDU/BEIJING - Four Chinese nationals, including two workers with a Chinese company, a mountain climber and a tourist, were killed and five others seriously injured in an quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale that struck Nepal at midday Saturday, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has confirmed.

The China National Tourism Administration said about 4,000 Chinese tourists remain in quake-hit Nepal as airlines race to evacuate them following Saturday's earthquake.

As of 4 pm on Sunday, Chinese airlines had evacuated more than 1,000 nationals from Nepal, where a 7.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 3,218 people.

Currently, Chinese carriers can bring about 1,200 people home every day.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China asked airlines to prepare more flights to Nepal and prioritize the transport of passengers and humanitarian aid.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised people not to visit Nepal in the near future.

The Chinese rescue team, composed of 40 rescuers, 10 medical workers and 12 seismic experts, started working immediately after they arrived.

After almost four hours of work, members of the China's International Rescue Team successfully pulled a trapped teenager out of the debris of a collapsed building here Sunday evening.

The 16-year-old boy was the first saved by the Chinese team. The 62-strong team arrived Sunday noon in the Nepalese capital, making it the first heavy international rescue team to have reached Nepal since the country was struck by a massive earthquake Saturday.

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