The Prime Minister's Office informed that the aircraft carrying emergency rescue and relief contingent comprising of 44 Army personnel and 4 Civil Medical Consultants that left for earthquake-struck Nepal has reached Katmandu at 10.30 this morning.
The army personnel will assist ongoing rescue and relief operations in the densely-populated Katmandu valley, devastated by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which has reportedly claimed at least 1,400 lives.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed to rush medical teams and specialised search and rescue units to Nepal where a devastating earthquake has taken a heavy toll. Doctors and rescue workers are being rushed to help the victims in Nepal and Sri Lanka will work closely with the authorities in Nepal to provide them with any assistance they may require.
Sri Lanka has acquired expertise in dealing with major natural disasters following the December 2004 Asian tsunami which claimed over 30,000 lives and destroyed coastal infrastructure of the island.
The Government and the people of Sri Lanka is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and extensive damage to property caused by the earthquake which occurred this (25th April) morning in Nepal and extends sincere condolences to the Government and people of Nepal particularly the families of the bereaved, and, wish a speedy recovery to those injured by this calamity.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.
As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.
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