Print Edition - 2015-05-07 | News
Indian, Chinese, US choppers ferry relief to victims
May 6, 2015-
As focus shifts on relief distribution with search and rescue mission almost coming to an end, a total 13 Indian, eight American and three Chinese choppers are ferrying relief materials to various quake-hit districts.
According to the Nepal Army (NA), the Indian Air Force choppers are based in Pokhara and Kathmandu. They have been dropping relief materials in Gorkha, Makwanpur, Rasuwa and Dhading districts. Six Indian choppers are based in Pokhara and seven are stationed in Kathmandu, the NA said.
One NA official is designated to each flight to coordinate in the foreign relief operation.
Though the US has provided eight choppers for relief distribution, four of them, namely Osprey used by the US Marine Corps, could not fly to areas located in high altitude, making it difficult to drop relief materials, one NA official said.
The US has been given the responsibility to drop relief materials in Kavre, Dolakha, Ramechaap and Okhaldhunga districts.
Three Chinese MI-17 are also engaged in relief distribution in northern belt of Nepal, adjoining Chinese bordering districts like Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot and Rasuwa.
Published: 07-05-2015 08:18