All 560 rescued Nepalis return home from Lhasa

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 14, 2015-

More than 560 Nepali nationals who were trapped in the Nepal-China border following the April 25 earthquake have returned home. The last batch of 97 people headed to Nepal on Thursday, Consular General Hari Basyal in Lhasa told the Post over phone.

The Nepalis, stranded and trapped in various locations along the Nepal-China border, were rescued on April 26 by the Tibetan security personnel and provided them shelters and treatment. Those rescued from the Tibetan side of Mt Everest included some 260 Sherpa guides and their helpers.

“Among them, three from Sindhupalchok who had sustained serious injuries are undergoing treatment and likely to return home soon,” Basyal said, adding that a Sherpa guide who had been operated on the head twice in a Shigatse hospital was recovering. “They will be sent home once they completely recover.”

Chinese officials and Nepali Consulate General Office in Lhasa have arranged air tickets for the Nepalis in coordination with the Foreign Ministry. The Tibetan government has borne all expanses.

A day after the Great Quake on April 25, the Chinese officials airlifted those Nepalis from the quake-hit areas and relocated them to safe places. The Chinese team had also rescued some foreigners stranded on the Kodari highway, in the areas from Kerung to Olangchunggola.

Around 90 Nepalis left for home on Saturday and 80 on Sunday, said Basyal. The Tibetan government officials also provided them with relief materials, including clothes and tents.

Published: 15-05-2015 08:19

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