Israel issues Nepal travel warning in aftermath of earthquake


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to Nepal, citing the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck last month.

The warning issued Tuesday, more than a week after the earthquake, notes a shortage of medicine and ability to provide medical care, irregular food supplies and possibly contaminated drinking water in many areas of the country.

Israelis should take these factors into consideration when deciding to travel to Nepal or extend their stays there, the ministry said. Nepal is a favored destination for Israelis following their military service.

Hundreds of Israelis were traveling in the country when the 7.8 magnitude temblor struck on April 25. Some 250 Israelis originally were reported missing. As of Sunday, all of the Israelis were accounted for; one was killed.

The death toll on Tuesday climbed to 7,500, with more than 14,500 injured, as a new 4.0 magnitude quake hit the area.

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