India sends 13 planes carrying aid to quake-hit Nepal
Iran Press TV
Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:56PM
India has sent thirteen military aircraft to quake-ravaged Nepal, carrying food, medical supplies and blankets for the victims of the deadly tragedy.
"We expect to have 13 military aircraft going to Kathmandu…. Five of these have landed while the others are on their way. By late evening (Sunday) we expect all 13 to land," said Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in a briefing in New Delhi on Sunday.
The planes are carrying disaster management experts along with medical supplies and other relief material urgently needed following Saturday's deadly quake in Nepal, he added.
Along with two tons of medical supplies and ten tons of blankets and tents, the transport planes are also carrying three army field hospitals, he said.
India's National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has deployed more than 700 disaster relief experts to Nepal's quake-devastated regions.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Sunday said the foremost priority should be helping Nepal rescue those entrapped in rubble as a result of the quake.
"Even now many people buried under the rubble must be alive," Modi said during his monthly radio program, adding, "Our effort will be to rescue as many people alive as possible."
The Saturday quake destroyed large parts of the oldest neighborhoods of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and the quake was also felt across India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan.
The magnitude-7.8 quake, with its epicenter outside Kathmandu, was the worst to hit the country in over 80 years.
The Kathmandu-based National Emergency Operation Centre put the toll in Nepal at 2,430 while around 6,000 more people had been injured. Officials in India said the toll there now stood at 67, while Chinese state media said 18 people had been killed in the Tibet region.
In addition, at least 17 people perished in an avalanche on Nepal's Mount Everest, which was triggered by the quake.
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