21 Taiwanese are unaccounted for in Nepal: minister

By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Twenty-one R.O.C. nationals remain unaccounted for following a devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, killing thousands, Taiwan’s foreign minister said yesterday. Foreign Minister David Lin (�L�ü�) said that as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday, there were still 21 Taiwanese supposedly in Nepal who have not yet been located in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the Himalayan country. There were 204 Taiwan nationals known to be in Nepal at the time of the quake, 183 of whom have been confirmed to be safe so far, Lin said in an update on Taiwan’s efforts to locate its citizens since the earthquake. The minister called on Taiwanese nationals who are stranded in Nepal following the disaster to call their families back in Taiwan or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) representative office in India on the emergency number +919810502610 or the Foreign Ministry in Taiwan on +886800085095. Asked for more details on the Taiwanese reported missing, Lin said most of them are believed to be individual travelers rather than tour group visitors. MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs head Elliott Charng (�`�H��) added that the missing nationals include three who are believed to be part of a UK hiking group. They were last heard from on April 21. Lin said the ministry has been working with all available resources to locate the missing Taiwanese, including obtaining information from its overseas offices, from travel records, travel agencies and the relatives of those who were in Nepal at the time of the earthquake.