Operation Maitri India’s largest disaster response abroad: Rae

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Operation Maitri India’s largest disaster response abroad: Rae

May 4, 2015-

Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae on Monday briefed the Kathmandu-based diplomatic community on India’s ongoing assistance to Nepal’s earthquake victims.

According to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Rae told heads of foreign missions that the India’s Operation Maitri was by far the largest effort in response to a natural calamity abroad.

“It represented not only the deepest commitment at the highest political level in India but also overwhelming outpouring of support from the people of India and over a dozen Indian states including those bordering Nepal,” the Indian ambassador said.

Rae added that India was ready to offer any support to Nepal within its means. India’s rescue and relief efforts are being closely monitored--as evidenced by visit of Indian national security advisor and its foreign secretary on Saturday--and are also being coordinated with the international community.

According to Rae, India sent the first flight of the Indian Air Force with rescue teams and relief materials within six hours of the earthquake and later sent 32 flights bringing 520 tonnes of relief materials including heavy engineering equipment, ambulances, oxygen generators, field hospitals. The Indian envoy  also informed that eight MI 17 and five ALH helicopters of the Indian Army have carried more than 207 tonnes of relief materials, evacuated over 900 injured and transported over 1,700 stranded people of various nationalities.

“More than 2,600 earthquake victims have been treated so far by the Indian medical teams. Out of these, 1,170 have been treated at Barpak, the epicentre of the earthquake.”

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy handed over 18 trucks loaded with 100 tonnes of relief material and an ambulance with 5,000 blood testing kits received from Uttar Pradesh government for the earthquake victims. to the District Administration Office in Kathmandu.

Published: 05-05-2015 08:53

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