Earthquake in Nepal

A new earthquake struck Nepal this morning.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development crisis and support center immediately opened a crisis unit and set up an emergency hot line: 01 43 17 56 46.

1- Nepal - Earthquake (May 12, 2015)

A new earthquake struck Nepal this morning.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development crisis and support center immediately opened a crisis unit and set up an emergency hot line: 01 43 17 56 46.

Our embassy in Kathmandu and the crisis center in Paris, in coordination with the local authorities and tour operators, are currently assessing the number of French citizens likely to be in the area. As far as we know, French tour operators have stopped offering services to Nepal. Some of our compatriots have however been able to get there despite our recommendations which can be found on the France Diplomatie website and without informing our services of their plans.

Some of our support units are still deployed on the ground. There are around 30 sécurité civile [emergency services] staff and health workers there. Several Ministry of Foreign Affairs support staff are also still in the region.

With respect to sending additional humanitarian assistance, we are in continuous contact, through our embassy, with the Nepalese authorities. We stand ready to take action based on the requirements identified by the authorities.

2- Graphic : French aid to Nepal


3- Nepal – Update (May 11, 2015)

According to the Nepalese authorities, the toll exacted by the earthquake now stands at 7,802 dead and almost 16,000 injured.

Ten of our nationals died during this disaster: 2 in Kathmandu and 8 in Langtang Valley.

The searches and the cross-checking of information jointly carried out by our embassy in Kathmandu and the crisis and support center helped allay concerns about cases reported since the earthquake.

More than 3,000 of our compatriots were found safe and well thanks to the efforts of around 30 members of the crisis and support center, our embassy in Nepal, sécurité civile [emergency services] personnel and experts from the National Gendarmerie’s Institute of Criminal Research (IRCGN), who carried out a thorough investigation and used information from our compatriots’ relatives, local authorities, tourism professionals and mountain guides to find them and provide assistance to them. More than 18,700 calls were handled by the Quai d’Orsay’s emergency hotline.

4- Nepal – Update (May 7, 2015)

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, May 7, 2015

The most recent toll issued by the Nepalese authorities stands at 7,675 dead and almost 15,000 injured.

With respect to French nationals, 4 deaths have been confirmed and 9 people are reported as missing in Langtang Valley. A reconnaissance flight, coordinated by our embassy in collaboration with the sécurité civile [French emergency services] team and the National Gendarmerie’s Institute of Criminal Research (IRCGN), is scheduled to take place today in this area.

Our diplomatic post in Kathmandu and the crisis and support center in Paris are trying to find the 14 French citizens who remain unaccounted for.

5- Nepal – Update (May 6, 2015)

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, May 6, 2015

The most recent toll issued by the Nepalese authorities stands at 7,557 dead and almost 15,000 injured.

Nepalese and international rescue teams are continuing to make every effort to access the most remote areas. Our embassy is continuing to coordinate helicopter rotations.

As Mr. Laurent Fabius indicated this morning, we deplore the loss of 4 French citizens and are concerned for the 9 people reported as missing in Langtang Valley. Efforts on the ground are also continuing in order to find 30 people who remain unaccounted for.

A French medical team from EPRUS (Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency) is offering medical and psychological support in Katmandu to any of our compatriots who would like it.

6- Nepal – Update (May 4, 2015)

The provisional toll issued by the Nepalese authorities following the earthquake stands at 7,040 dead and 14,120 injured as of Monday morning.

We are mobilizing our efforts in Paris as well as in Katmandu to locate and rescue our compatriots. Three people have died and seven French citizens are, in addition, still reported as missing. There is still no information about 42 of our compatriots.

Current efforts are focusing on helicopter rotations in remote areas outside of the capital, conducted in coordination with the Nepalese authorities. These have made it possible to bring 66 people to safety since Thursday, including 55 French citizens.

7- Nepal - Earthquake - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesman (April 30, 2015)

The latest earthquake toll drawn up by the Nepalese authorities stands at 5,500 dead and more than 10,000 injured. The international effort to support them is continuing.

An initial group of nearly 200 compatriots and several foreign nationals was welcomed this morning at Charles de Gaulle Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on a flight chartered by Airbus Group and the Airbus Foundation, under the coordination of the Foreign Ministry’s crisis and support unit. Hospitals then took charge of some 20 injured people.

A second group of 110 passengers embarked in Kathmandu this morning on a government flight chartered by the crisis and support unit. It is scheduled to arrive in Paris in the evening. It will be welcomed by the Minister of State for Development and Francophony.
To date, three French people have died, but sadly other deaths are feared; 2,260 compatriots have been located. There are ongoing efforts to get news of the 268 who remain uncontactable. If the weather allows, there will be several helicopter flights in the day to pick up around 60 nationals located in isolated areas.

The French humanitarian teams are working flat out on the ground in the relief operations. Thirty-five sécurité civile (1) personnel and nearly 100 humanitarian personnel have been operational in Kathmandu since yesterday, and there is 45 tonnes of humanitarian aid (tents, medicines, food aid, hygiene kits). A cargo plane carrying 40 tonnes is expected very soon.

(1) emergency services including rescue, firefighting and emergency medical services.

8- Situation update (29 April 2015)

According to the local authorities on Wednesday morning, the toll of the earthquake and the ensuing aftershocks has increased: 5,057 dead and more than 10,000 injured.

The search operations are continuing in order to find those missing in the mountains and free the victims from the rubble.

French teams are actively contributing to this.

France is playing its full role in the rescue and aid efforts which are mobilizing the international community.

Regarding our compatriots, on Wednesday morning 2,209 French people had been located safe and well. Five hundred and fourteen are still uncontactable. Efforts are under way to locate and bring back to Kathmandu those in trouble in isolated areas.

Two French people have died and there are strong suspicions that a third has died. Twenty or so are injured, four of them seriously. Two hundred and thirty of our nationals are currently being accommodated by our embassy at Kathmandu’s French school.

France is deploying significant emergency aid. A plane made available by Airbus, transporting 55 medical and humanitarian personnel and 25 tonnes of humanitarian equipment (shelters, medicines and food aid), landed in Kathmandu this morning. Two other planes transporting rescue personnel and 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid cargo are expected soon.

These planes will take our most afflicted and vulnerable compatriots (the injured and families with children) back to France.

9- Earthquake in Nepal - Office of the President of the French Republic (27 April 2015)

Paris, 27 April 2015

The President of the French Republic mourns the demise of at least two French nationals in the earthquake that took place in Nepal yesterday and offers his condolences to their near and dear ones. Several hundreds of French citizens are yet to be traced. The utmost is being done to locate them at the soonest.

The President of the French Republic has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to press additional resources into service further to those already mobilized to rescue our compatriots. A large transport aircraft will leave tomorrow for Nepal from Paris to provide initial emergency aid to the people. It could repatriate our fellow citizens who are in most urgently in need of it.

The President of the French Republic will review the situation and additional measures to be taken with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs at 1.00 pm.

10- Nepal/earthquake/French nationals – Press briefing by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (Paris, 27 April 2015)

THE MINISTER – I gave an update this morning on the toll from the terrible earthquake on Saturday that devastated Nepal, which is in ruins. Unfortunately the human toll is constantly rising. It stands at more than 3,000 dead and very many injured, half of them in the Kathmandu Valley. And we believe it’s likely to go even higher.

The Nepalese disaster management authority, which is working in extremely difficult conditions, is still cut off from many regions of the country, which explains why we must be cautious about the toll. Several strong aftershocks have been recorded since Saturday, and the weather conditions are bad, with heavy rain in Kathmandu. One piece of positive news: Kathmandu airport is operational again and international aid is beginning to arrive.

This morning, in liaison with our teams on the ground, I took stock of the situation of our compatriots and the mobilization of French assistance.
We’ve managed to locate 1,400 French people safe and sound. And in particular, we’ve just found a group of eight trekkers we’d been very worried about.

Sadly, two of our compatriots who were on holiday have died, killed by a landslide in Kathmandu.

Some 10 French people are injured, and we still have no news of 676 of our compatriots, particularly because of the communication difficulties in the country. We’re actively trying to find them, in liaison with the tour operators, because many of them were on holiday.

Over the past 48 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s crisis and support unit has dealt with more than 10,000 calls, and I remind you of its number: 01 43 17 56 46.

Yesterday I made sure our embassy in Kathmandu, which was damaged by the earthquake, would receive reinforcement from a [disaster] management team that has travelled from New Delhi. The French school in Kathmandu has been opened to take in those of our compatriots who are without shelter. An advance party of 10 staff from the emergency services and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency arrived from Paris this morning. A jumbo jet is being chartered to transport some 30 more rescuers by tomorrow morning, Tuesday. At the request of the local authorities and the United Nations coordinator, this specialized team will concentrate primarily on the issue of drinking water. The aircraft will also transport several dozen NGO staff and repatriate from Kathmandu those of our compatriots who are in the most vulnerable situations, particularly families with young children and injured people.

We’ve made sure that 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid – among other things, electric generators, tents, medicines, surgical equipment and food supplements – is sent between now and Wednesday evening on a special flight which is also going to carry the NGOs’ cargo. I want to pay tribute in particular to the commitment of the state services and our NGOs. Médecins du Monde, Handicap International and Action contre la Faim are involved in the aid operations and Médecins Sans Frontières intends to deploy an inflatable hospital to treat those injured outside Kathmandu. I also want to highlight the action of Pompiers de l’Urgence international [firefighters’ organization], Electriciens Sans Frontières, Secours Islamique de France and SOS Altitude, which are taking part in these aid operations.

Q. – Have you any further news about the two French victims?

THE MINISTER – Sadly, they were there on holiday and have been killed. They were a couple, one of whom worked in Mme Fleur Pellerin’s office.

Q. – About the situation the injured people are in, are you worried about their prospects for survival?

THE MINISTER – I can’t say, and what we’re trying to do as a matter of priority is locate the 676 French people. This doesn’t mean they’re all in danger. But in the utter, obvious chaos prevalent in that country, which is in ruins, the priority is to assist and make a list of our compatriots. A huge amount of work has already been done and I sincerely thank those who have done it, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

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