20,000 Indian nationals evacuated from Nepal: Pradhan

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Motihari (Bihar), Apr 28: Altogether 20,000 Indian nationals have been evacuated from quake-torn Nepal and arrangements were being made to take them to their homes by trains from Raxaul, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday.

As many as 20,000 Indian nationals have reached Raxaul from various destinations of quake-torn Nepal since yesterday, he told reporters. [Nepal Earthquake: Live Updates]

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Pradhan said that arrangements were being made for trains to send all the evacuees belonging to different states back home.

Elaborating further, he said on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Railways have been directed to attach seven additional coaches in Raxaul-Howrah Mithila Express to take those evacuated from Nepal to their native places.

A special train will leave tonight from Raxaul for Kolkata and attachment of some additional bogies in Sadbhavna Express from Raxaul to Hajipur via Sitarmahi, the Union Minister said.

The railway authorities have been directed to run a special train from Raxaul to Gorakhpur to take evacuees to their respective destinations.

For those arriving from Nepal with only Nepalese currency, Pradhan said the State Bank Of India (SBI) has started currency exchange scheme at Raxaul branch on direction of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to enable the home-bound people spend their money as per need.

PTI

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