Nepal earthquake response: A-PAD/PWJ team begins response in Kathmandu
A-PAD and Peace Winds Japan’s (PWJ) joint emergency mission arrived on separate flights in Kathmandu on April 27 and 28.
Since then, the team has been coordinating with local partner?National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) and other entities on the ground to collect information and plan appropriate emergency response activities.
PWJ’s SAR team and dogs visited?the Dutch rescue team’s base camp to discuss?the locations that are in most need of search and rescue before setting off for the affected areas. They immediately set off for for the collapsed rubble of a guesthouse in Kathmandu where 10 people are believed to be trapped inside. The two search?dogs, Halc and Yumenosuke, began to look around for any signs of life but unfortunately could not find any.?They will continue their SAR mission on April 29 at?Sindupalchowk where more than 1,400 people are now known to have died.
Meanwhile, A-PAD’s assessment team will continue to gather information and coordinate with local organizations. They plan to set out for the town of?Sankh, where reports have indicated received severe damage from the earthquake, and conduct an assessment of the humanitarian situation upon reaching the area.
In Kathmandu, our team observes that the survivors are making do with little supplies camped out in tents or under plastic sheets outside in the rain.
We will do our best to relay the situation and updates on our activities from the ground. We thank you for your continuous interest in our activities and for your support.
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