Taipei res­cue team ready to head for Nepal

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Taipei City Fire Depart­ment said on Sun­day that its dis­as­ter re­sponse team is ready to leave for Nepal to help with search and res­cue ef­forts in that coun­try af­ter it was hit by a mag­ni­tude-7.9 earth­quake the pre­vi­ous day.

The 20-mem­ber Taipei City Ur­ban Search and Res­cue team, led by vice cap­tain Chen Yung-an, will leave for Pokhara, Nepal’s sec­ond­largest city lo­cated north­west to Kathmandu, as soon as it re­ceives no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Fire Agency, the mu­nic­i­pal fire depart­ment said.

The team will be equipped with 2 tons of re­lief equip­ment and med­i­ca­tion to help with post earth­quake search and res­cue ef­forts in Nepal.

The team, the first of its kind in Tai­wan to fo­cus on ur­ban re­lief work, was es­tab­lished in 1999 af­ter a mag­ni­tude 7.3 earth­quake that left 2,415 peo­ple dead and 29 miss­ing.

The team has car­ried out sev­eral search and res­cue mission sat home and abroad since its for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing in El Salva- dor (2001), Iran (2003), In­done­sia (2004), Wenchuan, Sichuan Prov­ince, China (2008) and Haiti (2010).

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est for­eign wire ser­vice re­ports, the Nepal tem­blor has killed more than 1,800 and in­jured more than 4,700.

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