By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, April 29 (CNA) The number of Taiwanese nationals known to have been in Nepal when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated large areas of the Himalayan kingdom last weekend had increased to 284 as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 279 of whom were confirmed as being safe, according to the latest update provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The information was obtained by the ministry’s outposts at the request of the travelers’ family members and travel agencies or through their travel registrations, said ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安), noting that there are still five people with whom the ministry has yet to make contact.
Some of the Taiwanese travelers confirmed safe have already returned to Taiwan, while others have left Nepal, she added. [FULL STORY]