Help Survivors of The Earthquake in Nepal
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society
Eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal - more than a quarter of the country's population - the United Nations says.
International aid has started arriving but there is still huge need - 1.4 million require food aid, the UN said.
An earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck 80 km (50 miles) east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday, 25th April 2015 and the tremors were felt as far away as Delhi, the capital city of India.The earthquake was the strongest to hit Nepal in 80 years. Over 4OOO are known to have died with many more feared trapped under rubble and the rescue teams are struggling to find the dead and to keep survivors alive after the earthquake.
The earthquake destroyed ancient temples, triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest and left survivors camped outside of their homes. The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. Relief and rescue operations are underway in Nepal. According to sources around 300,000 foreign tourists were estimated to be in different parts of the country.
Following the Nepal earthquake, world leaders and global charities offered condolences and emergency aid to Nepal. Assuring full help to Nepal in the wake of the devastation the Government of India has mobilized resources to carry out rescue operations. On 25th April 2015 an Indian Air Force C-130 J Super Hercules landed in Kathmandu carrying 39 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF ) personnel and tonnes of relief material. Another Indian Air Force C-17 heavy jet aircraft with 40 rapid action medical team (RAMT) personnel and paramedics has also being pressed into service by the Indian Government. The Singapore Civil Defence Force is preparing to send a 55-man search-and-rescue contingent to aid Nepal in its post-disaster operations. According to the latest information received by The Diplomatic Society the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is preparing to send a highly professional team of 88 officers, rescuers, along with rescue equipment.
Hearing the shocking news about the Nepal natural catastrophe world leaders, organisations, communities, societies, philanthropists, academics, members of the civil society and many more from around the world are coming together to show solidarity and to support Nepal.
South Asian University (SAU) students held a candlelight vigil on April 25th 2015 in memory of those who lost their lives due to the massive earthquake that struck Nepal. Human acts of compassion, generosity and providing immediate relief to the earthquake victims will bring back a sense of normalcy for Nepal to get back on its feet as quickly as possible.
Countries around the world are now sending teams to the country to help with relief efforts.
Gift of the Givers, a South African organisation is ready to respond to the earthquake in Nepal. Twenty highly qualified search and rescue personnel together with world class technological equipment including the Life Locator, (a machine that can accurately predict the presence of life 10 meters below the rubble in 3 minutes), the search cam, (a camera facility that provides video footage as the team search through rubble), and other relevent equipment is available and ready as an integral part of our response capability said the Gift of the Givers on their website.
A highly qualified team of twenty trauma specialists are also on standby. These include general, orthopedic and maxillo facial surgeons with anaesthetists, emergency medicine intensivists, theatre and ICU nurses, paramedics and orthopedic assistants. Included is a whole range of highly specialized portable equipment that gives us the capability to function as a fully fledged emergency mobile hospital. Given the logistical difficulties in getting to Nepal, Gift of the Givers in all likelihood will be chartering its own flight to carry it's search and rescue teams, medical personnel, equipment and essential supplies. The flight will serve a dual purpose. All South Africans caught up in Nepal are most welcome to utilise the private aircraft to return home safely. This will be at no cost to any who choose to return in this manner. For details please contact Estelle van Jaarsveld, one of Gift of the Givers Logistics Co-ordinator, on +27 0832875988 said on its website.