According to the local authorities on Wednesday morning, the toll of the earthquake and the ensuing aftershocks has increased: 5,057 dead and more than 10,000 injured. The search operations are continuing in order to find those missing in the mountains and free the victims from the rubble. French teams are actively contributing to this.
France is playing its full role in the rescue and aid efforts which are mobilizing the international community.
Regarding our compatriots, on Wednesday morning 2,209 French people had been located safe and well. Five hundred and fourteen are still uncontactable. Efforts are under way to locate and bring back to Kathmandu those in trouble in isolated areas.
Two French people have died and there are strong suspicions that a third has died.
Twenty or so are injured, four of them seriously. Two hundred and thirty of our nationals are currently being accommodated by our embassy at Kathmandu’s French school.
France is deploying significant emergency aid. A plane made available by Airbus, transporting 55 medical and humanitarian personnel and 25 tonnes of humanitarian equipment (shelters, medicines and food aid), landed in Kathmandu this morning. Two other planes transporting rescue personnel and 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid are expected soon.
These planes will take our most afflicted and vulnerable compatriots (the injured and families with children) back to France./.