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The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia Hannes Hanso believes that Estonia and other Member States of the European Union have enough disaster relief experience and capabilities to help Nepal that was hit by a disastrous earthquake.

“Nepal is one of the poorest countries of Asia. The infrastructure there is inadequate even in larger cities, not to speak of the rural regions,” Hanso said. He has visited Nepal several times, and he fears that in the present critical situation it may be extremely complicated to reach the victims.

“In the case of such an extensive natural disaster as this earthquake, it is natural that any help is welcome and necessary,” Hanso said. He hoped that Estonia can contribute to aiding Nepal in this time of need as soon as possible.

The Ministry of the Interior of Estonia is putting together a rescue team and a police team that will be deployed to the disaster region by Estonia.

According to the information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one Estonian citizen has been killed in the earthquake. On behalf of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, Hanso expressed deep condolences to the family of the victim.

It is known that there are 30 citizens of Estonia currently in Nepal, and that 25 of them were not harmed by the disaster. At the moment there is no information about four Estonians who are known to be in Nepal.

More than 2000 people died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal. The epicentre of the earthquake was about 80 km northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The densely populated Kathmandu Valley has around 2.5 million inhabitants.

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