Nepal Earthquake: Government asks rescue teams to withdraw from Nepal

Image: Aftermath of Nepal earthquake Credits : NBCNEWS.COM

In a sudden change of mode of the rescue operation going on in Nepal for the past nine days after the massive earthquake hit the small country situated at the bottom of the Himalayan range had asked all the countries including the India to pull out their rescue team from the scene. Around 33 countries including the India were actively involved in the rescue operation in devastated Nepal. According to the sources the death toll has risen to 7300 till date.

After the order from Nepal government the rescue teams from Japan, Turkey, Ukraine, UK and Netherlands have begun the process of leaving. The Nepal foreign ministry has clarified that they have asked the countries to remove their “first response” teams as the focus is now on the relief rather than rescue. There is a rumor that the Nepal government is angry with India and that’s why they have asked to remove the rescue team but this was strongly denied by the representatives of both the countries. “Nepal is not at all angry with India. Please be positive, no negativity,” said Deep Upadhyay, Nepal’s ambassador to India. “Nepal now needs rubble removal equipment and has asked India for help. An army engineering team will be going,” said the Indian foreign ministry.

Indian rescue (National Disaster Response Force) team has the lions share in the rescue operation in Nepal with 16 teams of nearly 50 personnel each were invooved in the massive rescue efforts after the disaster stroked Nepal on 25th April 2015. China is the second largest group with nearly 400 personnel working hand in hand with India in rescue operation. According to the sources Nepal has given up the hope of finding any more survivors from the rubbles.

“In the disaster relief framework, there are standard operating procedures, clear cut directives, that you slowly leave and the state has the resilience to get back on its own feet,” Nepal’s Army Chief General Gaurav SJB Rana told to the media. The distribution of aid to survivors is one of the major hurdles faced by the Nepal at the moment as the quake has brought down thousands of buildings in Kathmandu and severely damaged communication facilities, roads and bridges. International agencies are worried that relief material pouring in from across the world is piling up at the airport, and has not yet reached thousands of affected people.


Source: PTI

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