Tai­wanese res­cue, med­i­cal team de­parts for quake-hit Nepal

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Dozens of Tai­wanese res­cuers, med­i­cal staff and char­ity group mem­bers de­parted for Nepal on Tues­day af­ter­noon to help the Hi­malayan coun­try re­cover from a mag­ni­tude-7.8 earth­quake last week­end that has left thou­sands dead.

The 37-mem­ber team is com­prised of peo­ple from the In­ter­na­tional Head­quar­ters Search and Res­cue (SAR), Tai­wan, a non-gov­ern­men­tal, vol­un­teer-based search and res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion, and two char­i­ties, the Red Cross So­ci­ety of the Repub­lic of China and the Bud­dha’s Light In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion.

It also in­cludes doc­tors and nurses from Kaoh­si­ung Chang Gung Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

The team is bring­ing with it about five tons of re­lief sup­plies con­sist­ing of blan­kets, tents, dried foods and med­i­cal sup­plies, a mem­ber of the Bud­dha’s Light In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion said.

De­part­ing from Tai­wan, the team will make a tran­sit stop in Hong Kong and is sched­uled to ar­rive in Nepal at around 11 p.m. It will be di­vided into two teams shortly af­ter it lands, the as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber said.

Lu Cheng-tsung at a send-off cer­e­mony for the res­cue and med­i­cal team.

The 7.8 mag­ni­tude quake hit Nepal on Satur­day, destroying build­ings in the cap­i­tal of Kathmandu and se­verely af­fect­ing ru­ral ar­eas across the re­gion. The death toll has climbed to 4,310, for­eign me­dia re­ported.

The lat­est tally com­piled by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs showed that 193 Tai­wanese in Nepal at the time of the earth­quake have been con­firmed safe and 18 re­main un­ac­counted for. Some of them have re­turned to Tai­wan and oth­ers are ex­pected to re­turn later Tues­day.

CNA

(Right) Fire­fight­ers work at an apart­ment build­ing where a man is said to be pre­par­ing to ig­nite liq­ue­fied petroleum gas (LPG), yes­ter­day. The man living in an apart­ment near the Shida Night Mar­ket faced off with fire­fight­ers while al­legedly at­tempt­ing to ig­nite LPG on his bal­cony on the fourth floor. The fire­fight­ers shot wa­ter at the build­ing, cre­at­ing a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for the po­lice to suc­cess­fully break in and ap­pre­hend the man.

AP

Tai­wan’s emer­gency search and res­cue team mem­bers stand for in­spec­tion be­fore head­ing to Nepal to as­sist with the earth­quake re­lief ef­fort at the Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Taoyuan, Tai­wan, Tues­day, April 28. Satur­day’s mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake spread hor­ror from Kathmandu to small vil­lages and to the slopes of Mount Ever­est, trig­ger­ing an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with for­eign climbers pre­par­ing to make their sum­mit at­tempts.

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