Korea to Send Aid to Earthquake-Stricken Nepal

      April 27, 2015 09:10

      More than 2,500 people were killed and many thousands injured when a massive earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday. Three Koreans were among the wounded, a government spokesman here said on Sunday.

      The earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale injured two Korean women who were touring Syabrubesi near Langtang north of the capital of Kathmandu, and a dam engineer in Upper Trishuli. One of the travelers is in serious condition.

      Some 650 Koreans live in Nepal and many tourists were visiting.

      Through Nepalese authorities and local travel and tour agencies, the Korean Embassy is trying to find out if more Koreans were injured or their property damaged, a Foreign Ministry spokesman here said.

      Seoul pledged to provide US$1 million in emergency aid.

      "The Korean government hopes that damage will be restored and the Nepalese people will recover from the shock and sadness as soon as possible," the ministry spokesman said.

      Separately, the Korean Red Cross sent $100,000 in emergency relief and is talking with the International Federation of Red Cross about how to distribute aid and dispatch a medical team.

      Buildings lie in ruins after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday. /Xinhua-Newsis

      The earthquake shook the country at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday. Some 2,500 people were killed and more than 4,600 injured.

      The epicenter lay 81 km northwest of Kathmandu and 68 km east of Pokhara, causing damage all over Nepal. About a half of the casualties were in Kathmandu, a dense and often flimsily built city.

      This is the worst disaster since 1934, when more than 10,000 people were killed in a massive earthquake east of Kathmandu.

      Damage included the leveling of the 183-year-old Dharahara Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which killed about 180 people on the eighth-floor observation deck.

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