KATHMANDU: India along with 33 other countries have been asked to pull out their rescue teams by Nepal government, nine days after the huge earthquake killed over 7, 200. But did you know India had its largest presence in Nepal during its difficult time? Read on to know more….

Even though the teams from Japan, Ukraine, Turkey, United Kingdom and Netherlands have already started the process of leaving following the instruction, India, described as a ‘real friend’ of Nepal by Nepal’s Army Chief General Gaurav SJB Rana to a news channel has chosen to stay back for medical help.

On Monday, the foreign ministry informed that the Nepal government asked the countries to remove their ‘first response’ teams as the focus is now on relief instead of rescue.

“As such, Nepal has asked all rescue teams from 34 nations to withdraw. They now need rubble removal equipment and have asked India for help, an army engineering team will be going,” the ministry said.

With its largest presence in Nepal, the India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deputed 16 teams of nearly 50 personnel each involved in the staggering rescue efforts mounted after the April 25 earthquake.

According to officials in Nepal, there is no further possibility of any more survivors in spite of some miracle rescues.

Confirming the reports, NDRF Chief OP Singh said, “All search and rescue teams of foreign countries have been asked to head back including India. We are coordinating with the Nepal government and our medical teams will stay back. No team has returned so far to India and all the 16 teams are still in Kathmandu working on relief work.”

Approximately 4, 500 people from possibly 34 countries including the NDRF teams from India were in Nepal after the devastating earthquake to carry out the rescue work and pull out people from the wreckage. 

“It is more than eight days and the rescue teams have served their purpose and we are very thankful to them. The Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee has recommended the government to thank these teams for the work they have done for Nepal so that they can exit the country. It is up to the government to take a call now,” Nepal Home Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said.

“According to the guidelines of International Search and Rescue Group (INSRAG) guidelines, the search and rescue teams have to be carried out for seven days, when the survival chances are highest. The remaining search and rescue work will now be carried out by the Nepalese Army and police,” he added.

Over 7,200 people, including 54 foreigners have lost their lives in the 7.9-magnitude earthquake. A large number of people is damaged by the calamity and is residing in open now.

Let’s take a look on how India extended support to Nepal in its Rescue Operation so far:

• 24 tonnes of relief has been circulated in the involved region.
• 16 NDRF team, each with 50 personnel on ground are helping the victims.
• A health team of 30 people have been deployed at the Trauma Centre.
• More than 22 tonnes of food packets and 120 large oxygen cylinders have been transported to the devastated Nepal.
• Three army field hospitals have been made operational for the people.
• Over 1400 blankets and 1400 big tents have been provided to the area.
• More than 120 tonnes of water has been supplied.
• Eight tonnes of baby food and skimmed milk and two tonnes of biscuits and other material for kids has been transported.
• More than 113 tonnes of medicines and medical equipments have been extended to earthquake-hit Nepal.
• More than 99 tonnes of engineering equipments sent to the affected area.
• More than 750 Nepalis rescued by IAF helicopters
• More than 170 nationals from 15 countries rescued via commercial and IAF aircrafts.
• As roads are now being prepared, buses are being planned between Kathmandu, Gorakhpur and Raxaul.

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