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Fresh Earthquake in Nepal claims 70: Many injured

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Kathmandu: The Indian Army continues to provide aid to affected population and areas in close coordination and cooperation with the Nepal Army. The ALHs continue to be employed for rescue efforts in Pokhara and adjoining areas in spite of weather and terrain limitations and have conducted 30 sorties, evacuated 2 persons, moved 11 others apart from delivering 25.6 tons of relief material since 09 May. Army and IAF Helicopters combined have moved over 56.69 tons of relief stores in the last three days alone. The Indian Army Field Hospitals and the medical teams treated 226 patients including 14 surgeries, since 09 May. One Field hospital de-inducted yesterday and another Field Hospital at Lagenkhel along with the medical team at Barpak is in the process of being de-inducted. The Field hospital at Senamangal along with the Triage centre at Tribhuvan Airport and Medical team at Gorkha continues to render medical assistance to the affected population. After today afternoons earthquake the Field Hospital treated seven Nepal Police personnel with minor injuries apart from activating two medical teams with ambulance for receiving casualties at Kathmandu Airport. The Medical teams are coordinating with the Nepal Army medical authorities and are on standby. 1 The ETFs are involved in clearance of collapsed buildings and have cleared over 917 meter of track while clearing 705 cubic meter of debris apart from debris of 40-50 damaged houses in Bakhtapur & Basantpur since 09 May. The Engineers have helped in conducting controlled demolitions of five highly damaged houses at Barpak apart from constructing four roof top shelters. An earthquake had struck today afternoon while the engineer teams were removing debris between multi storey buildings at Kathmandu and resumed work shortly thereafter. The engineer team at Barpak reported of two houses collapsing. The ETFs are assessing the damage due to today’s earthquake. The Everest Team which was located at Namchi Bazaar when the earthquake struck today is safe and moving towards Syangboche Airfield.
National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting held
The situation arising out of the earthquake that struck in Nepal and in some parts of India today was reviewed by the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) headed by the Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth. The Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal were also consulted through video conferencing. The State Governments have not indicated any assistance so far. However, the Government of India is in constant touch with the State Governments and has assured them all possible help. All the concerned authorities in the Government are keeping a close watch on the situation. Earlier, the Union Home Secretary Shri LC Goyal reviewed the situation with Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC). The NDRF and IAF teams have been kept on a standby for immediate movement in case there is a request. It has been decided to give gratis visa-on-arrival both at the airports and at the land points. 17 casualties, - 16 in Bihar and 1 in Uttar Pradesh, - have been reported from the States. Control Room with phone number 011-1078 is functioning in NDMA round the clock.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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