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Nepal to send back 4,050 foreign rescue personnel

By The Assam Tribune

Kathmandu, May 3 (IANS): Nepal's disaster panel on Sunday recommended that 4,050 foreign rescue and search personnel be sent back as its own security personnel can handle the task of recovering the remaining bodies of people killed in the April 25 earthquake, an official said.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Natural Disaster Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam, who also holds the home portfolio.

"At the meeting, it has decided to send back all foreign rescue and search teams back as their mission is almost complete. Very few dead bodies are likely to remain in the rubble which our own security agencies are enough to handle," Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told IANS after the meeting.

After sending these foreign personnel back with appreciation and gratitude, only some hundred people engaged in relief distribution would remain inside the country.

The decision has been forwarded to the Cabinet, a meeting of which was likely to take place on Monday to take a final call in the matter. "We will extend thanks to these personnel for their contribution," said Dhakal.

As many as 4,050 search and rescue experts from 34 countries were engaged in the search and rescue bid that were on for the last eight days.

They conducted the search and rescue bids in big structures, said Dhakal, adding that Nepalese agencies are now capable to handle search and rescue efforts in small structures

Search and rescue teams from India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bangladesh, Israel, the Netherlands, Bhutan, Poland, the US, Japan, Malaysia, France, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, Russia, Norway, Britain, Canada, Switzerland and Canada assisted in the post-quake operations. The UAE, Jordan, Sweden, Oman and Indonesia also sent their teams.

Nepal seeks clothes, contraceptives, medicines:Tents, mats, blankets, contraceptives, squatting pans, dust bins, utensils... Nepal has sent out an updated list of what it needs following the country's deadly earthquake.

The list has been sent to all diplomatic missions, the UN and specialized agencies and other international organisations based in Kathmandu.

According to officials, Nepal's immediate requirement also includes mattresses, pillows, bed sheets, mobile toilets, fire extinguishers, lamps (preferably solar), emergency lights and cooking stoves. Nepal is also seeking candles, matches and torch lights.

Other items meant to be distributed to victims of the April 25 earthquake are water purifiers, sanitation kits, first aid kits, sanitary towels, soap, liquid wash, baby diapers, free chlorine test kit for water, clothes stationery items, rice, biscuits and milk powder.

Over 150 drugs and surgical items, emergency veterinary medicines, vaccines, disinfectant and agriculture nutrients also figure in the list.

At the same time, aid workers pouring into Nepal have been told to make their own arrangement for accommodation, food and transport.

The Foreign Ministry said that distribution of aid should be in conformity with international standards and norms.

105-year-old rescued 8 days:A 105-year-old man was among four people rescued alive on Sunday from under the rubble of buildings that collapsed on April 25 in the massive earthquake.

Three people from a family were rescued in Sindhupalchok district, while 105-year-old Fanchu Ghale was brought out alive from beneath the rubble of his own house in Kimtang-8 in Nuwakot district. Ghale was rescued by a joint team of Nepal Police and Japanese rescue personnel. Apart from minor injuries in his limbs, his health was fine, rescuers said.

He was airlifted to the Trishuli district hospital for treatment in a Nepal Army helicopter.

Meanwhile, a team of the Armed Police Force on Sunday rescued the three people from a family -- 25-year-old Kanchan Khatri, 36-year-old Gyan Kumari and 60-year-old Dhan Kumari -- from under the debris of their house in Sindupalchok, one of the worst hit districts. The three were rescued from under their beds.

They were taken to a hospital in Chautara, the district headquarter.

Officers of the armed police said the three were not able to speak due to the trauma they had undergone for the last eight days.

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Nepal to send back 4,050 foreign rescue personnel

Kathmandu, May 3 (IANS): Nepal's disaster panel on Sunday recommended that 4,050 foreign rescue and search personnel be sent back as its own security personnel can handle the task of recovering the remaining bodies of people killed in the April 25 earthquake, an official said.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Natural Disaster Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam, who also holds the home portfolio.

"At the meeting, it has decided to send back all foreign rescue and search teams back as their mission is almost complete. Very few dead bodies are likely to remain in the rubble which our own security agencies are enough to handle," Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told IANS after the meeting.

After sending these foreign personnel back with appreciation and gratitude, only some hundred people engaged in relief distribution would remain inside the country.

The decision has been forwarded to the Cabinet, a meeting of which was likely to take place on Monday to take a final call in the matter. "We will extend thanks to these personnel for their contribution," said Dhakal.

As many as 4,050 search and rescue experts from 34 countries were engaged in the search and rescue bid that were on for the last eight days.

They conducted the search and rescue bids in big structures, said Dhakal, adding that Nepalese agencies are now capable to handle search and rescue efforts in small structures

Search and rescue teams from India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bangladesh, Israel, the Netherlands, Bhutan, Poland, the US, Japan, Malaysia, France, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, Russia, Norway, Britain, Canada, Switzerland and Canada assisted in the post-quake operations. The UAE, Jordan, Sweden, Oman and Indonesia also sent their teams.

Nepal seeks clothes, contraceptives, medicines:Tents, mats, blankets, contraceptives, squatting pans, dust bins, utensils... Nepal has sent out an updated list of what it needs following the country's deadly earthquake.

The list has been sent to all diplomatic missions, the UN and specialized agencies and other international organisations based in Kathmandu.

According to officials, Nepal's immediate requirement also includes mattresses, pillows, bed sheets, mobile toilets, fire extinguishers, lamps (preferably solar), emergency lights and cooking stoves. Nepal is also seeking candles, matches and torch lights.

Other items meant to be distributed to victims of the April 25 earthquake are water purifiers, sanitation kits, first aid kits, sanitary towels, soap, liquid wash, baby diapers, free chlorine test kit for water, clothes stationery items, rice, biscuits and milk powder.

Over 150 drugs and surgical items, emergency veterinary medicines, vaccines, disinfectant and agriculture nutrients also figure in the list.

At the same time, aid workers pouring into Nepal have been told to make their own arrangement for accommodation, food and transport.

The Foreign Ministry said that distribution of aid should be in conformity with international standards and norms.

105-year-old rescued 8 days:A 105-year-old man was among four people rescued alive on Sunday from under the rubble of buildings that collapsed on April 25 in the massive earthquake.

Three people from a family were rescued in Sindhupalchok district, while 105-year-old Fanchu Ghale was brought out alive from beneath the rubble of his own house in Kimtang-8 in Nuwakot district. Ghale was rescued by a joint team of Nepal Police and Japanese rescue personnel. Apart from minor injuries in his limbs, his health was fine, rescuers said.

He was airlifted to the Trishuli district hospital for treatment in a Nepal Army helicopter.

Meanwhile, a team of the Armed Police Force on Sunday rescued the three people from a family -- 25-year-old Kanchan Khatri, 36-year-old Gyan Kumari and 60-year-old Dhan Kumari -- from under the debris of their house in Sindupalchok, one of the worst hit districts. The three were rescued from under their beds.

They were taken to a hospital in Chautara, the district headquarter.

Officers of the armed police said the three were not able to speak due to the trauma they had undergone for the last eight days.