29 April 2015; Following the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been closely monitoring the status of Maldivians and made arrangements to evacuate those who wished to leave Nepal at the earliest opportunity.

In this regard, 14 Maldivians who were residing in Biratnagar and evacuated to New Delhi, arrived in Maldives at 01.25 am tonight via UL 105. Furthermore, 77 Maldivians in other parts of Nepal who were evacuated from Kathmandu to Dhaka through a Biman Bangladesh Airlines chartered flight, arrived in Maldives at 03.10 am tonight, via a special flight of the national carrier Maldivian Q2 551.

The evacuation efforts of Maldivians in Nepal were carried under the guidance and instructions of H.E. President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and with the assistance and support of many collaborators. The Ministry wishes to express sincere appreciation to the Honorary Consul of Maldives in Nepal
Mr Nirvana Chaudhary, Maldivian staff working at the SAARC Secretariat, High Commission of Maldives in New Delhi and High Commission of Maldives in Dhaka, Mr Chandra Shekhar Jaiswal, Honorary Consul General of Maldives in Calcutta, H.E. Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain (TAS) (CD) ndc psc, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the Maldives, Maldives Medical Association and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The Ministry also wishes to note the support received from Island Aviation Services Ltd, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Government of Bangladesh, and the Government of Nepal.

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