Government of India swiftly swung into action after the devastating Earthquake in Nepal on 25 April by immediately dispatching National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and special aircrafts with rescue and relief materials.
India’s relief efforts are being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Nepal. All Indian teams are working in conjunction with the Nepalese authorities.
According to a press release of Indian Embassy, the relief efforts from India are being guided by a National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and continuously monitored by a Committee of senior Government of India officials.
So far 280 tonnes of relief materials including clean drinking water, milk, biscuits, noodles, essential medicines, tents, blankets, tarpaulin and plastic sheets have been sent. In addition 2 field hospitals, 18 Army medical teams, 18 Engineering teams, one IAF rapid action medical team and excavator and earth moving equipment have been flown into Kathmandu and Pokhara in 28 sorties of C-17 Globe Master, IL-76 and C-130 aircrafts. Concerned Governments of Indian States bordering with Nepal have extended assistance in rescue and relief efforts through the land route.
16 NDRF teams are working with the Nepalese security agencies and have saved 11 lives and retrieved 121 dead bodies from various places in Kathmandu the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Patan, Bhaktapur and Swayambhu and historic Dharahara tower.
3 Army Medical teams have been deployed at Barpak village, the epicentre of the earthquake in the Gorkha district of Nepal. A 39 Member Indian Army team currently at the Everest Base Camp has voluntarily remained there to assist people including stranded tourists and climbers.
Indian helicopters have delivered 100 tonnes of relief material in various districts of Nepal including Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa and Ramechhap.
A team from Power Grid Corporation of India is jointly working with NEA in restoring power supplies in different parts of Nepal. They have jointly restored 3 sub-power stations in the Kathmandu Valley and are working to restore more.
Government of India remains committed to extending all necessary support and assistance to the Government and the people of Nepal in the wake of this devastating earthquake.