Q: Nepal suffered from another earthquake on May 12. Are you aware of the casualties of Chinese citizens in this earthquake, if there is any? Will China continue to help Nepal conquer the disaster?
A: Nepal was once again struck by an earthquake on May 12. It is known that this earthquake is a strong aftershock of the one on April 25,and has caused over 60 deaths and over a thousand injuries up to now. China expresses condolences to the lost lives, and extends sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured. The Foreign Ministry attaches great importance to this aftershock and immediately instructs the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to check on Chinese citizens without any delay. No report on casualties of Chinese citizens has been received up to now.
Since the powerful earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the Chinese side has been going all out to assist Nepal in its disaster-relief efforts. The second batch of relief supplies sent by the Chinese government reached Nepal on May 10, and the third batch is being prepared. Relief forces sent by the Chinese government, military and civil societies are still carrying out rescue operations in Nepal. China is now in close contact with Nepal on the latest development of the disaster and its disaster relief need to work out a new plan on relief and assistance.