Tai­wan aid group starts its Nepal quake re­lief mission

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A 37- mem­ber group from Tai­wan is ready to begin its post- quake re­lief mission in Nepal af­ter ar­riv­ing in Kathmandu early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The group con­sists of aid work­ers and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als from Tai­wan’s Red Cross So­ci­ety, In­ter­na­tional Search and Res­cue Op­er­a­tions Tai­wan, the Bud­dha’s Light In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion ( BLIA) and Kaoh­si­ung Chang Gung Me­mo­rial Hosp­tial.

It will meet up with 13 med­i­cal work­ers from BLIA’s branch in Malaysia and 50 Nepalese vol­un­teers be­fore start­ing its re­lief mission, said group leader Kuo Ming- chun.

The five tons of re­lief sup­plies the group was bring­ing with them were held back in Guangzhou be­cause of lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues, but Kuo said the team will still pro­ceed to dis­as­ter ar­eas and open med­i­cal treat­ment sta­tions and dis­trib­ute aid.

Ac­cord­ing to for­eign wire ser­vices re­ports, Nepal’s Prime Min­is­ter Sushil Koirala ex­pressed con­cerns that the death toll from the mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake that dev­as­tated his coun­try on April 25 could climb to 10,000.

The Nepalese au­thor­i­ties have con­firmed that at least 4,349 Nepalese lost their lives in the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, 8,700 peo­ple were in­jured, and hun­dreds re­main un­ac­counted for.

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