Update on Department Response to Nepal Earthquake- Wednesday29 April 2015
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to track the cases of approximately 150 Irish citizens who are believed to have been in Nepal at the time of the earthquake.
Speaking today Minister Flanagan said:
“The vast majority of the approximately 150 Irish citizens believed to have been in Nepal are accounted for and are safe and well. Many have already returned home or are en route. However, our experienced Consular Response Team will continue to work actively with our Embassy in New Delhi to trace everyone as soon as possible.
“As of this morning there are now 4 citizens on the Department’s list with whom contact has yet to be made. Some of these people may be in remote areas where communications would be sporadic at the best of times, or may not in fact have been in the area at the time, which means it is taking time to formally account for all Irish citizens. There are no suggestions at this stage of any Irish fatalities.”
One injured Irish citizen was successfully evacuated on a Norwegian flight this morning, following extensive contacts between the Department and Norwegian counterparts overnight. A Consular Response Team remains in place in the Department and can be contacted on 01 418 0200.
On Monday Minister Flanagan and Minister of State Seán Sherlock, TD, approved support of up to €1 million for the humanitarian response in Nepal. Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas aid, is working to respond to the needs of those most affected through Irish Aid NGO partners in Nepal. Irish Aid is releasing emergency relief supplies from pre-positioned humanitarian stocks at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai. The Irish Aid consignment includes priority relief items - tents, blankets and tarpaulins- which will assist an estimated 12,000 vulnerable people who need shelter in the aftermath of the earthquake.
29 April 2015
Notes to Editors:
In line with the Department’s general policy in consular cases, there will be no further comment on any individual cases.