US lends ‘Sahayogi Haat’

  • Joint task force ensuring humanitarian assistance
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 11, 2015-

The US Department of Defense has said that the US military’s earthquake relief effort in Nepal, led by Joint Task Force 505, has been named ‘Operation Sahayogi Haat’—helping hands—by the US Pacific Command based out of Camp HM Smith, Hawaii.

“JTF 505 has been working with the government of Nepal in support of joint humanitarian disaster relief operations to limit further loss of life and human suffering in response to the devastating magnitude-7.9 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25,” the department said in a statement.

In support of Operation Sahayogi Haat, US airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines are ensuring humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and personnel are moving smoothly in and out of Nepal at an intermediate staging base at the Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in Thailand, it said.

“The task force has been supporting ongoing disaster relief operations with a US Air Force Contingency Response Group, three Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters, four Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, four Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft

and two Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft, as well as various ground and aviation command and control capabilities since May 4,” it said.

Until Sunday, the JTF 505 in tandem with the US Agency for International Development is said to have delivered approximately 49.9 tonnes of relief supplies, transported 273 personnel and conducted more than 68.9 hours of flight time throughout affected areas of Nepal.

JTF 505 Forward consists of approximately 300 US military personnel on the ground in Nepal, supporting multinational relief efforts.

Published: 12-05-2015 09:27

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