India has said that 32 flights of Indian Air Force (IAF) so far brought in 520 tonnes of relief materials containing tents, blankets, medicines, cook houses, food and water for earthquake victims in Nepal.
In a briefing made on Monday, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said 450 truck containing approximately 4,500 tonnes of relief material containing food, water, medicines, tents, blankets, tarpaulins and plastic sheets from the government of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as well as NGOs also arrived in Nepal.
Separately on Monday, 18 trucks containing 100 tonnes of food and relief material and an ambulance with 5,000 blood testing kits received from the government of Uttar Pradesh, India was also handed over to the Kathmandu CDO, according to the envoy.
The envoy said India also brought heavy engineering equipment, ambulances, RO plant, oxygen generators, two full-fledged army field hospitals with 18 medical teams, 18 army engineering teams and 16 NDRF teams since the first flight of the IAF landed in Kathmandu containing NDRF rescue teams and relief materials within six hours of the earthquake on April 25. “These teams have been working round the clock since their deployment in close coordination with the government of Nepal,” he said.
Rae said 8 Mi-17 and 5 ALH helicopters of the Indian Army, operating from Kathmandu and Pokhara, carried more than 207 tonnes of relief material in 449 sorties, evacuated over 900 injured and transported over 1,700 stranded people of various nationalities. More than 2600 earthquake victims have been treated so far by the Indian medical teams. Out of these, 1170 have been treated at Barpak, the epicenter of the earthquake.
Likewise, a 10-member Chinese rescue team was inducted and extricated from Pipaldanda, Sindhupalchowk by IAF. A medical team from Singapore was also inducted through IAF at Laprak. More foreign troops will be inducted through Indian Army relief and rescue operations.
A 31-member team from AIIMS and a medical team from Gujrat are working at the National Trauma Centre, Kathmandu. A team of 11 doctors from Shantikunj Haridwar has been deployed in affected areas of Kathmandu. “Two teams of Langar (field kitchens) from Haryana and Punjab have started Langar at Bhaktapur and Kupondole providing meals to over 10000 persons per day,” he said.