Nepal earthquake: Five Vietnamese citizens to be rescued by helicopter

Photo courtesy of Facebook/ VnExpress

Photo courtesy of Facebook/ VnExpress

A group of five Vietnamese tourists trapped in Saturday’s Nepal earthquake would be rescued by a helicopter of AIG travel Asia Pacific, the travel insurance company said Wednesday.

Five tourists, the oldest being 36 years old, were trapped on the 3440-meter-high Namche mount since the earthquake hit Nepal.

The VnExpress quoted the Vietnamese Embassy in India as saying they had contacted Indian and Nepalese authorities to highlight the state of emergency that these five people were facing. At 2pm. Wednesday, AIG travel Asia Pacific, an AIG company, said they had arranged for a helicopter to evacuate all AIG’s customers, including the five Vietnamese tourists, to Kathmandu. They also planned to deal with visa procedures and would then take the customers to New Delhi.

At the same time, a delegation of ten members of the Vietnamese Red Cross had returned to Vietnam safely after a short course in Nepal on life skills for earthquake, immediately before the Nepal was struck by the disaster. Their return provoked anger in the Internet community; many questioned why they did not remain in Nepal as aid workers.

In a viral article on the HCMC Legal Daily, columnist Duc Hien wrote in a satirical tone, “The Vietnamese Red Cross is an organization whose mission is to help people in case of natural disasters. This delegation visited Nepal to learn how to deal with earthquakes. So why did they leave when the severe earthquake hit Nepal?”