Latvians safe amidst Nepal quake destruction

As reports of casualties in the thousands continue to roll in from devastated corners of Nepal, where a series of massive earthquakes has rocked the mountainous and densely populated country this weekend, the Latvian Foreign Ministry has expressed its deepest condolences to the victims.

The ministry has official news of at least 41 residents of Latvia who are in Nepal, either through direct contact with them or their representatives. So far none have reported being injured. It is possible others may be there about whom there is currently no information.

As the Katmandu international airport has resumed regular operations, the ministry nevertheless urges Latvians in Nepal to make sure they have water and food and charged batteries for their communications devices before their airlines can evacuate them from the country as rescue workers from around the world arrive to help Nepal deal with the aftermath. The death toll had already risen above 3300 by Monday morning, with more news of fatalities likely in the coming hours and days.

For travelers heading home through India, the ministry posts the site of the Indian Embassy in Katmandu for visa handling as well as other essential information. For those who may have lost their documents or require financial assistance, the ministry has an emergency cell phone number and email contact (+371 26337711 / [email protected]). Also available for consular assistance are the embassies of EU member states Denmark, Germany, Finland, the UK and France.

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