- Title: NEPAL: Nepalese pray for Japan earthquake and tsunami victims
- Date: 29th March 2011
- Summary: PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES
- Embargoed: 13th April 2011 13:00
- Location: Nepal, Nepal
- Country: Nepal
- Topics: International Relations,Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVAEWSH1J5MAHBFA284XWMFTBJSO
- Story Text: As Japan struggles to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that pounded the northeast more than two weeks ago, Nepalese offered their sympathies and prayed for the victims in a Kathmandu temple on Monday (March 28).
Nepalese in Kathmandu said the prayers were a mark of respect and symbolised the long-standing friendship between Nepal and Japan.
Led by monks, the prayers were held in Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.
Crowds gathered to offer their prayers and light candles for the 27,000 people dead or still missing across quake and tsunami-hit towns in northeast Japan.
A moment of silence was observed.
Tatsuo Mizuno, Japan ambassador to Nepal, expressed his gratitude to the community.
"Japan is in very difficult times now. We appreciate many Nepali people coming to our embassy to express sympathy and condolences," Mizuno said.
The president of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, also attended the prayers and offered his condolences to Japan.
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