Monday, April 27, 2015

Rescue & Relief Efforts By Indian Army & IAF In Quake-Hit Nepal Under Op Maitri

Indian Air Force (IAF) Continues to Evacuate Stranded People from Earthquake Hit Nepal- Operation Maitri (Updates Till 1800 Hrs) 

Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, The Indian Air Force is providing relief to the people in distress in Nepal. 5 tonnes of milk, light vehicles, RO Plant, Oxygen regenerators, Medicines, Blankets, tents, 14 tonnes of food (ITC Noodles). 03 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams, 02 Field Hospitals, 02 Air Force Communication Centre Vehicles and Medicine are being sent. 

Today, 04 C-17 Globemaster III, 03 C-130J Super Hercules, 03 IL-76 and 02 AN-32 aircraft were pressed into action from morning to night carrying relief material. 

Extensive helicopter operations have also commenced. A total of 87 casualties have been evacuated to a safer places and 3.5 tonnes of relief load have been air dropped in inaccessible places. 

A total of 2305 stranded persons have been evacuated from Kathmandu to India. 

With weather improving in Nepal today, the Indian Air Force(IAF) along with Indian Army today fanned out to remote areas while continuing with transporting essential items from various bases to Kathmandu and evacuating distressed persons to India. 

Army Operation Maitri (Update as at 5 Pm on 27 Apr) 

As part of the ongoing rescue and relief operations of Indian Army(IA) as per priorities expressed by Nepal Army, a Task Force(TF) Headquarters has been established in Kathmandu under Maj Gen Sandhu of IA. Another TF has been set up at Barpak under Brig Gamlin of IA, today. Road from Kathmandu to Pokhara has been opened up by Engineer Task Force inducted yesterday. Satellite communication link between Nepalese Army Head Quarters and Indian Army Engineer Task Force has been established. In addition a Movement Control Team has been set up in Kathmandu to direct relief convoys to affected areas. 

Following stores have been/ are being inducted :- 

(a) 4 x ALH & 2 x Cheetah helicopters are under induction to Pokhara where a Helicopter Base is being established. 

(b) Induction of 18 x Medical Teams (3x Field Hospitals) has been completed. One Field Hospital has been deployed at Rajdalgarh near Lalitpur with 01 x Orthopedic specialist 01 x Surgical Specialist and 01x Anesthetist along with attached medical staff. Additional doctors have been tasked to cover 80 Km radius area around the base in two Mobile Medical Teams. 

(c) One Engineer Task Force (ETF) inducted on 26 Apr 15 comprising 40 personnel. 5 x Earth Moving Equipment (Engineer Plant) and Generators also inducted. 

(d) 1400 Blankets and 40 Tents inducted on 26 Apr. 5000 blankets and 500 tents are planned to commence induction today, by road. 

(e) 10 x INMARSAT (Satellite Phones) inducted on 26 Apr 15. 5 x High Frequency communication detachments for direct communication has been inducted today. 

(f) Electrical Damage Assessment Team inducted today. 

Pension Paying Office at Pokhara is functioning as a Multi National Coordination Centre. Helicopters are being employed to evacuate people from inaccessible areas and adhoc helipads are being constructed at remote and inaccessible areas. 203 civilians have been evacuated to safe areas and 47 civilians evacuated to hospitals in joint effort with NDRF & IAF.

Indian Army expedition team located at Everest Base Camp continues to assist in evacuation and rendering medical aid to the needy. 

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