Bhutan 4 Nepal launched
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.