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All Irish in Nepal confirmed safe

Published 01/05/2015

A woman and child walk near the rubble of collapsed buildings at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal (AP)
A woman and child walk near the rubble of collapsed buildings at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal (AP)

All 170 Irish citizens known to be in disaster-struck Nepal have been found safe and well after one remaining person was located late last night, officials have confirmed.

Most have returned to Ireland but emergency teams working with overseas diplomats are helping a number of people who remain in the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said there were no Irish among more than 6,000 people killed in what was the worst earthquake to strike Nepal in 80 years.

"I know this has been a difficult experience for many Irish visitors to Nepal," he said.

"While it is good news that there has been no Irish fatality, my thoughts remain with the people of Nepal at this very tragic time."

The Irish Embassy in New Delhi remains in contact with Irish citizens who are still trying to leave the region.

Ireland has given one million euro to the international aid effort.

An Irish Rapid Response Corps is also dispatching 63 tonnes of tents, tarpaulins, blankets and other emergency relief items.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it could not say how many Irish citizens remain in Nepal.

"Some citizens have decided to continue with their visit," a spokeswoman said.

"Others are in the process of leaving Nepal. The number is changing all the time as more people leave."

It has urged citizens who are in a safe place to stay where they are until they have identified a secure onward route, and then leave as soon as possible.

"International commercial flights are operating from Kathmandu Airport and can be booked online, but citizens should expect intermittent closures and likely delays," the department advises.

"Citizens should give themselves plenty of time to get to the airport and should expect that conditions there may be difficult and should bring food, water and blankets in case of delayed flights.

"Citizens should also be mindful of visa requirements of countries of destination."

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