Vietnam still unsure about number of its nationals in Nepal

By Trung Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. Photo: Reuters

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said it is trying to find out how many Vietnamese tourists are still in Nepal following a massive earthquake that hit the country on Saturday and killed thousands of people.
Nguyen Van Tuan, VNAT’s chief, said Sunday that the agency had asked the Travel Department to provide information on Vietnamese tourists and travel companies operating tours in Nepal, but the exact number of Vietnamese tourists there is still unknown.
The department said no companies have reported any missing Vietnamese tourists in Nepal.
But it does not have information regarding tourists who came to Nepal on their own without booking tours with travel companies.
As Vietnam does not have an embassy in Nepal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday asked Vietnamese embassies in India and Bangladesh to work with Nepalese, Indian and Bangladeshi authorities to find out if there are Vietnamese nationals affected by the earthquake.
On Sunday, the embassies replied that there had been no information about any Vietnamese dead or injured in the disaster.
The embassies are working closely with local authorities to collect more relevant information.

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