Bhutan 4 Nepal launched

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sangey Ten­zin

Upon the Com­mand of His Majesty the King, a team of 62 Bhutanese per­son­nel in­clud­ing a team of med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, tech­ni­cians, De­su­ups and other sup­port staff have left for Nepal on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion from the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, the Bhutanese Re­lief Team - Bhutan 4 Nepal has reached – Tr­ishuli, Dis­trict HQ of Nuwakot. As of yes­ter­day the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol at Tr­ishuli and from to­day the Bhutan team will car­ried out op­er­a­tion to the needy in Kuale, which is about 18 km north of the Bhutanese base camp. Yes­ter­day two mem­bers went to Kaule, to as­sess the field unit. A Ger­man in­ter­na­tional team and Sin­ga­pore Red Cross also vis­ited the camp.

To­wards fa­cil­i­tat­ing and en­abling re­lief ef­forts in Nepal – Bhutan 4Nepal, a co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing was held last Tues­day at the Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang. Chaired by the Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Kin­zang Wangdi, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and of­fi­cials from the Royal Of­fice of Me­dia, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Royal Bhutan Army, Min­istry of Health, Depart­ment of Air Trans­port and Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice de­cided that for bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion, a con­trol room is to be set up at the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, Thim­phu. The fol­low­ing of­fi­cials were iden­ti­fied as con­tact per­sons for in­for­ma­tion re­lated to re­lief ef­forts – Bhutan 4 Nepal in Bhutan which are Kin­zang Wangdi , Cabi­net Sec­re­tary , Dr . Phuntsho Nam­gyel , Direc­tor at PMO and Tsh­er­ing Wangmo the press sec­re­tary at PMO.

For peo­ple in Nepal they can con­tact Am­bas­sador Singye Dorji of Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Mr. Yeshey Wangchuk of Druk Air Cor­po­ra­tion.

Since med­i­cal aid,

food and wa­ter sup­ply are pri­or­ity ac­tiv­i­ties, it was dis­cussed on the modal­i­ties of dis­patch­ing ad­di­tional con­sign­ments to our Re­lief Team in Nepal. Ad­di­tional sup­ply of wa­ter is to be dis­patched in next few days and the next med­i­cal sup­plies is to be dis­patched on 7th May 2015. Sub­se­quent sup­plies of ra­tion and med­i­cal sup­plies are to be sent within 10 days of the last con­sign­ments.

Fur­ther the ini­tia­tive has opened two bank ac­counts with Bhutan Na­tional Bank and Bank of Bhutan so that peo­ple in Bhutan can do­nate for the earth­quake vic­tims in Nepal. As of yes­ter­day the amount ac­cu­mu­lated is about 0.5 mil­lion with Bhutan Na­tional Bank and about Nu.0.1 mil­lion with Bank of Bhutan.

In or­der to pro­vide re­lief to the Nepalese earth­quake vic­tims, peo­ple do­nated about 2500 cases of bot­tled wa­ter to the Bhutan 4 Nepal as of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

An­other 1000 cases are said to be in tran­sit on the way. The first batch of bot­tled wa­ter was trans­shipped to Paro In­ter­na­tional Air­port form on­ward dis­patch to Nepal in the next flights.

The gov­ern­ment is ar­rang­ing to bring back Bhutanese who are still stranded in Nepal, via road to­day. They will be dropped at Kakarvitta in Nepal which bor­ders In­dia. From Kakarvitta, of­fi­cials from Phuents hogling will mo­bi­lize buses to trans­port them to Bhutan. The Cabi­net Sec­re­tary; Kin­zang Wangdi said they are mak­ing all ef­forts to bring them back. He said they have been try­ing to lo­cate them through con­tacts in Kathmandu.

“We have re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that they are about 70 peo­ple stranded in Kathmandu.” He added.

The earth­quake mea­sur­ing 7.9 mag­ni­tude hit Nepal on 25th of April, killing 6600 peo­ple and in­jur­ing thou­sand. Of­fi­cials say thou­sands of peo­ple are still miss­ing, in­clud­ing about 1,000 Euro­peans.

A 5.1-mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck Nepal at 11.30 am yes­ter­day with its epi­cen­ter at Barpark in Gorkha dis­trict, as per the NDTV re­ports. This is the third quake with its epi­cen­ter in Gorkha af­ter the deadly tremor on April 25.

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