Casualty reports indicate that 21 Chinese citizens have died following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday morning.
As of 7:40 a.m. this morning, Xinhua News published their latest assessment of casualties in Tibet. 17 people are reported to have died, 53 suffered injuries and 4 remain missing. Over 12,000 people have been relocated.
Among the Chinese dead are three members of China’s first women’s climbing team who at the time of the earthquake were caught up in an avalanche. An additional four deaths have since been confirmed by international media.
Many structures in Tibet were damaged by the earthquake and 5.6 magnitude aftershock which struck three hours later. 1,191 are reported to have collapsed, while a further 5,828 have been structurally affected.
Screenshot from the United States Geological Survey website after the earthquakes in Nepal
The earthquake hit an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara on Saturday morning. Nearly 2,200 people are estimated to have been killed. Casualties have also been reported in India and Bangladesh.
Xi Jinping yesterday wrote to Nepal’s President to express his condolences and sympathy for those affected by the tragedy and pledged China’s assistance. In addition to ongoing rescue operations in Tibet, a 62-member PLA search and rescue team are preparing to leave for Nepal.
The following video contains footage of an avalanche hitting Everest base camp and the damage inflicted:
By Dominic Jackson
[Images via Xinhua // Wall Street Journal]