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KATHMANDU: India will provide additional assistance for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction following massive earthquakes that hit

India had decided to send its 7,000 National Disaster Response Force of India (NDRF) personnel, several medical teams equipped with necessary aid package and relief materials to help earthquake victims in Nepal, said a statement from the Indian embassy here Thursday.

The new aid package was announced after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally spoke to Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala over the telephone this week and assured more help to cope with the damage caused by the recent earthquake.

India had earlier sent 16 NDRF teams to Nepal which rescued 11 persons alive and retrieved several dead bodies from different earthquake-hit areas, said the statement.
Similarly, NDRF medical camps at six places treated 992 affected persons, it said.

According to the Indian embassy, Indian IAF brought over 550 tons of relief material, including food, tents, blankets, water, tarpaulins, baby food, medicine, rescue and heavy earth moving, engineering and communication equipment, ambulances, oxygen generators, two army field hospitals with 18 medical teams, 18 army engineering teams and 16 NDRF teams.

“Eight Mi-17 and five advanced light helicopters of the Indian army and crew at the disposal of the Nepal army for rescue and relief have so far
performed over 917 sorties, evacuated over 942 (mostly Nepalese and foreigners) persons, inducted over 1064 Nepal army troops, carried over 2595 passengers (out of which about 500 were Indians), and airlifted close to 421.59 tons of stores,” it said.

India was the first country to respond for rescue and relief efforts immediately after the April 25 earthquake hit Nepal.

Nepal and India are neighbours which share 1,800 kilometres of common border.–BERNAMA

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