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Our sympathies are with the people of Nepal

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturdays earthquake, wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturdays earthquake, wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

The scale of the human tragedy unfolding in Nepal has been exacerbated by the series of avalanches on Mount Everest, which has increased the death toll, and the general fear that has gripped that unfortunate country.

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And while it is natural and understandable for us to be concerned about a number of Irish citizens who are now missing in the region, our sympathies must foremost be with the people of Nepal and the residents of its capital, Kathmandu, which has been devastated by Saturday's earthquake and a series of aftershocks which terrorised the population and hampered the relief effort, which was just getting under way.

With at least 3,900 people dead and the toll rising, this is truly a calamity for those in the region, and the heavy rains and storms which followed have led to further difficulty, including the closure of the airport, which hampered the international rescue effort even before it got under way.

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