Stranded tourists from Germany wait in Kathmandu for a shuttle bus to transport them to the airport to board a chartered flight back to Germany [Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]

A rescue flight arranged by the German government picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week, officials said. 

The Qatar Airways charter flight took off with 305 people on board, said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, an official at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. 

Immigration official Sagar Acharya said most of the passengers were German nationals or had some connection to the country. 


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