Nepal quake – UP govt sends 205 buses to help 6,670 Indians, 30 foreigners

 

Around 6670 Indian citizens and 30 foreigners who were stranded in Nepal after Saturday’s earthquake have reached Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday over the past 24 hours using buses provided by the state government. While majority of them belong to UP and Bihar, others are from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

 

The UP government had sent 205 buses to the earthquake affected areas in Nepal for safe evacuation of these people, who reached Gorakhpur via Sanauli border. Around 2500 others have entered the Indian territory by their own vehicles.

 

For the people reaching UP from Nepal, the Ministry of Railways have made arrangement to send them to their native places by trains free of cost.

 

UP Relief Commissioner Leena Johri told The Indian Express that special rail coupons are being issued at relief camps in Maharajganj and Gorakhpur for those who have been evacuated. By submitting these coupons at railway ticket counters, they get railway tickets free of cost for their respective destinations. “Around 1700 people belonging to Bihar have used this facility so far,” Johri said.

 

Around 2000 people belonging to different parts of UP in these camps have already left for their native places via local conveyance or trains.

 

Also, the State Bank of India has set up currency exchange counters at Gorakhpur camp for tourists carrying Nepal’s currency, Johri said,

 

Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan on Wednesday directed the Divisional Commissioners and District Magistrates to mobilise Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and other local social welfare organisations to contribute relief material like tents, blankets, carpets, drinking water, chlorine tablets, biscuits, baby food, disposable plates, medicines, sanitary kits and earth moving equipment, for earthquake victims in Nepal.

Courtesy: Presently Telecasting in Local News Channels 

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