news Monday, April 27, 2015 - 05:30
The massive earthquake that ripped apart Nepal on April 25 has left over 3,600 people dead and injured more that 6,500. Aftershocks of the quake, which were felt in several regions of northern India and also triggered avalanches around Mount Everest, has caused widespread destruction in the country.    Services including transport, water, saniation and food, have been badly hit in the region and rescue operations have been continuing in full swing since Saturday.    Soon after the quake, of 7.9 magnitude, hit Nepal, the government of India launched "Operation Maitri" through which it has been actively carrying out relief and rescue operations, along with evacuating Indians stranded in the region.    The government on Sunday sent 13 military aircrafts with rescue personell and relief aid to Nepal.  #IndiawithNepal IAF transport aircraft conductd 16 sorties yesterday. IAF helicopters conducted 27 sorties.More today pic.twitter.com/M18Dwnzi6A — Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) April 27, 2015   Assistance at a time of need. India's NDRF teams in action on ground for rescue and relief #IndiaWithNepal #OpMaitri pic.twitter.com/oaTwGBwdg4 — Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) April 27, 2015 In supplies, India till now has sent 22 tonnes of food packets, 120 large oxygen cylinders, 40 large tents, 1400 blankets and 50 tonnes of water to Nepal and more supplies are on the way. Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, has been regularly tweeting updates of all operations undertaken by India in the region.      Army Engineer Task Force and team to check Nepal's power grid; Image source: Vikas Swarup/Twitter   Apart from supplies, teams of personnel to deal with disaster management have also been sent to the quake-ravaged region. 10 NDRF teams are currently operating in Nepal and 6 more teams are being prepared for deployment. #NepalEarthquake More than 230 persons carried by Indian Railways to their destinations. MR @sureshpprabhu monitoring pic.twitter.com/DrGasFAax0 — Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 27, 2015   A 40 Member Army Engineer Task Force was also sent to Nepal on Monday along with a separate team to check the country's power grid. A team of 34 Indian doctors, along with three army field hospitals, have also been sent to help in the relief and rescue operations.      Team of 34 Indian doctors with NDRF; Image source: Vikas Swarup/Twitter   Around 2,500 Inidans have been rescued so far and brought to India on IAF aircrafts and via trains since Saturday and more Indians are expected to return on Monday.   

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