Monday, 13 January, 2020

Rouhani Offers Condolences to Nepal over Deadly Earthquake

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered condolences to the Nepali people for a devastating earthquake which has killed over 1,800 so far.

The Iranian president offered his “sympathy and condolences” to the people of Nepal and President Ram Baran Yadav over the deadly earthquake on Saturday.

Rouhani wished swift recovery of the injured, and patience for the bereaved families.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham conveyed deep sorrow over the deadly earthquake and offered Iran’s sympathy to the Nepalese government and the families of the victims.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and China’s President Xi Jinping have also offered condolences to all those affected by the fatal quake.

International aid response

Iran has also said it is prepared to send assistance and aid to Nepal’s quake-hit regions.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society has called on Kathmanduto to inform it of its aid requirements .

International aid groups have also rushed to Nepal as rescue efforts have been hammered by aftershocks and severed communications.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Nepal near its capital with aftershocks continuing through the region hours later.

According to the country’s Home Ministry, 1,805 have been killed and 4,718 injured by the powerful earthquake so far, but many more are feared dead under rubble as rescue efforts are underway to pull out the victims.

According to the country’s information minister, Minendra Rijal, the death toll could reach 4,500 during the next 24 hours.


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