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A-PAD deploys emergency response team to Nepal



An extremely strong earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April 25 at approximately 11:56 local time. Buildings and infrastructure have received severe damage and as of April 27, the number of dead has risen to more than 3,200 with an additional 5,000 more injured.

Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) and its sister organization Peace Winds Japan deployed an initial 12-member emergency response team with 2 search dogs on April 26th, Sunday. In Nepal, the team will formulate an appropriate response system from emergency to reconstruction in collaboration with its cooperating partner on the ground the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET).

A-PAD is a new-type trans-national disaster aid alliance that creates a national platform composed of businesses, NGOs and government agencies in each country, and where each national platform conduct mutual collaboration in times of disasters.

Each national platform has started to respond. Bangladesh National Platform representative Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCH Trust) will be sending a medical team for emergency treatment as soon as the Kathmandu airport reopens. They will also start a field hospital and conduct rapid medical need assessment. The medical team will consist of a trauma surgeon, nurse, and paramedics, and they will be accompanied by DCH Trust staff knowledgeable in DRR.

Indonesia National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction-PLANAS will also be deploying a number of its members from HFI, Dompet Dhuafa, PKPU, San Rumah Zakat and will be accompanied by BNPB (Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management) on April 28th, Tuesday.

Korea National Platform representative KDR (Korea Disaster Relief Association) and Philippine national platform representative Citizens’ Disaster Response Center have also appealed for donations in their countries.

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