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China to bring more citizens home from Nepal

By Xinhua
China to bring more citizens home from Nepal

Chinese tourists are waiting to board a flight to head home at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 26, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING - China is trying to bring more Chinese citizens home from Nepal as rescue work entered the third day, authorities said on Tuesday.

A total of 1,799 Chinese citizens stranded in Nepal following Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake had been brought home by Monday night, according to the China National Tourism Administration. Most were in the country for tourism.

There are 12 flights planned between China and Nepal on Tuesday, flying to Kathmandu from Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou and Lhasa. Three cargo aircraft will also fly to Nepal from Beijing for relief missions.

On Monday alone, four Chinese airlines returned 776 Chinese citizens with 14 flights operated between Nepal and China.

Following the earthquake, a 62-member Chinese search and rescue team, plus six dogs, was sent to Nepal's capital Kathmandu, according to the China Earthquake Administration. Their plane was loaded with 20.5 tons of relief materials.

The Chinese government has also decided to provide 20 million yuan (US$3.3 million) in humanitarian aid to Nepal, the Ministry of Commerce said on Sunday. The aid, including supplies of tents, blankets and generators, will be delivered to Nepal by chartered planes, the ministry said. China will offer further support according to Nepal's demands.

The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Nepal has exceeded 4,300 people, including 20 mountaineers. More than 7,000 others were injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Center of Nepal's Home Ministry on Tuesday.

As aid and support from China begins to reach Nepal after Saturday's earthquake, domestic relief and rescue efforts are also intensifying in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The death toll in Tibet from the quake rose to 25 with 117 injured, authorities said late Monday. More than 20,000 were displaced in the high-altitude region and relief efforts have been thwarted by bad weather.

China's armed police have mobilized more than 5,000 members to quake zones in southwest Tibet Autonomous Region.

They rescued more than 100 stranded people and transported more than 3,000 displaced residents to temporary settlements, according to a statement Tuesday.

In addition to deploying local police, around 450 members and 60 pieces of equipment had been called in from other parts of the nation to help restore traffic and assist the rescue and disaster relief efforts, it said.

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