IAF Planes Bring Back 544 Stranded Indians From Nepal

26 April, New Delhi

Indian Air Force planes have brought back 544 Indians from Nepal, so far. India has sent several aircraft, carrying relief and medical supplies and a 40-member disaster response team. Fifty doctors have already reached there to provide emergency services.

India also sent five MI17 helicopters from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh to Nepal to augment the rescue efforts in the Himalayan nation.

Defence Spokerperson Sitanshu Kar said that another three helicopters will soon leave for Kathmandu.

He said, they will airlift Army forward hospitals, engineering task forces, water, food, NDRF teams, medical personnel, equipments, blankets and tents. He said, two Advanced Light Dhruv Helicopters will also be pressed into service later in the day.

NDRF Director General OP Singh will visit Nepal today to oversee the rescue operations.

The Uttar Pradesh government will send 10 trucks of mineral water, 10 trucks of biscuits and one truck of medicine to Nepal today, Sunday.

The US is sending a disaster response team and has released an initial one million dollar. The UK is sending an eight-strong team of humanitarian experts.

Pakistan is sending four C-130 aircraft carrying a 30-bed field hospital and army doctors and specialists. Norway has promised 3.9 million dollars in humanitarian assistance. Germany, Spain, France, Israel and the European Union are also pledging to send aid.

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