Foreigners await evacuation from Tibet quake town

2015-04-29 04:46:30 GMT2015-04-29 12:46:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

XIGAZE, Tibet, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-two foreign tourists are waiting for evacuation from a Tibetan town in the earthquake-hit zone on the border with Nepal, a local tourism official said on Wednesday.

When the 8.1-magnitude quake struck on Saturday, 39 tourists from nine tour groups were registered in Zham Town, an important customs checkpoint on the China-Nepal border.

All 39 are safe and have been contacted by regional tourism authorities, said Yuan Xiaorong, of the Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Rescuers will help evacuate those remaining in Zham, said the official.

Five Dutch tourists left Zham on the day of the quake. Two Belgians who were registered on tours did not enter Zham. The other tourists are from countries including the United States, Israel, Malaysia, France and Australia.

The quake has killed more than 5,000 in Nepal. In Tibet, 25 people were killed and four are missing.

Summer is peak season for tourism in Tibet, though large numbers still visit earlier in the year. Some 26,000 overseas nationals visited the Chinese autonomous region in the first five months of last year.

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