Chinese team set to reopen KTM-Kerung road today

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 17, 2015-

A rescue team from China’s police has expedited repair works on the highway that links Kathmandu with Kerung in China, which it expects to reopen on Monday.

The powerful earthquakes damaged the road connecting Kerung with Nepal’s capital, blocking relief materials from reaching Rasuwa, one of the worst-hit districts.

At Nepal’s request, China had sent a road repair and rescue team from its Armed Police Forces to help restore the damaged road. The Chinese team sent two units to get through the road respectively from north and south, according to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

“Most affected locations have been repaired and cleared and the road is expected to be formally reopened soon,” the embassy stated. China is also restoring the Araniko Highway linking Khasa with Kathmandu, which was re-damaged by the May 12 aftershock.

China gives relief goods worth RMB 80m

China has also decided to send Nepal a third batch of relief materials worth RMB 80 million ($12.9 million). The Chinese Commerce Ministry said it has been working closely with Nepal’s ministries and the Red Cross Society of China to transport the goods to Kathmandu as soon as possible.

The Chinese government has already provided two batches of humanitarian relief aid worth some RMB 60 million to Nepal since the April 25 earthquake.

Published: 18-05-2015 08:39

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