Turkish rescue teams on ground in Nepal

Five organizations have sent more than 70 disaster experts to quake-hit nation

Turkish rescue teams on ground in Nepal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has responded to the Nepalese earthquake by sending at least five teams of experts to the devastated Himalayan nation.

On Monday, a team from the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management, known by the Turkish acronym AFAD, pulled a male survivor from rubble while working to the west of capital Kathmandu.

“A Nepalese man was taken out alive,” AFAD said in a statement released on Monday. “Three bodies were found in Pukhulachhi, located west of Kathmandu, during rescue work in the region.”

The 26-strong AFAD team is part of the Turkish relief effort that arrived in Nepal on Sunday, a day after the country was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives, including dozens in neighboring India and Tibet.

Around 7,200 have been saved by an international relief effort that swung into action soon after the quake struck 80 kilometers west of Kathmandu.

The Turkish Red Crescent sent blankets, tents and six tonnes of food, flown in by Turkish Airlines, from Pakistan and Bangladesh, while the National Medical Rescue Organization, known by its Turkish acronym UMKE, has sent 10 highly trained staff.

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the GEA volunteer search and rescue team, Doctors Worldwide and the AKUT Search and Rescue Association have also sent teams.

At least 74 experts from Turkish organizations are currently working in Nepal.

Meanwhile, a Turkish Airlines plane carrying 290 people, including ten Turkish citizens, arrived in Istanbul on Monday from Nepal.

Izber Barin, who was visiting Nepal with his wife, said: “The situation in Nepal is very critical.”

Muge Somer said the survivors needed tents, blankets, food and water.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Nisan 2015, 14:48