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101 Year-Old Funchu Tamang Pulled From the Rubble In Kathmandu on Saturday. by The Elephant's Child
May 4, 2015, 3:18 pm
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Here is Funchu Tamang,101 years old, who was pulled from the rubble of his collapsed home on Saturday, a very long seven days after the earthquake. Eight Britons were rescued from a remote mountain monastery. The Daily Mail has more pictures and more earthquake coverage. Rescuers had given up hope of more survivors and turned their attention to remote villages.

The death toll rose to 7,500 on Saturday, with more than 14,000 injured. More than 100 were also killed in India and China. The death toll is expected to climb once again as they reach thousands in remote Himalayan areas. Nepal has been forced to close its only international airport to large jets flying in relief supplies and aid workers because the only runway cannot handle the strain of the stream of aircraft flying in to help. Medium and smaller jets will still be allowed to land.

Relief workers say it is now a race against time to get desperately needed shelter, food and clean water to survivors in the remote villages. Many are tiny villages perched on the side of mountains where it is difficult or impossible for helicopters to land.

The Earthquake in Nepal — The Third Day. by The Elephant's Child
April 27, 2015, 9:33 pm
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The death toll in Nepal has risen to 4,438 in the three countries affected. When you look at pictures like this of the aftermath in Kathmandu of the earthquake and the aftershocks, you wonder how anyone could possibly have survived. The dramatic increase in the number of the dead indicates just how hard rescuers have been working to find victims in the search for the living.

I don’t know if building standards here are so much higher that our people are better protected, and if we help other countries to learn how better building standards can help to save lives, or for that matter, if they are poorer populous countries.

The U.S. has sent a disaster response team and $10 million in aid, and Red Cross Disaster Relief, Oxfam America, Save the Children have rushed to respond. The UK, Canada, Norway; Australia, EU, China, Germany, Singapore have sent funds. Pepsi and Coca Cola are sending bottled water, Kellogg, and Toyota are sending fundsĀ  Google and Facebook have created tools to help locate survivors, and to help survivors to let family know they are okay. It’s good to see the world respond.

IDF Emergency Response Team Has Headed for Nepal to Aid In Rescue Efforts by The Elephant's Child
April 26, 2015, 8:10 pm
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An Israeli Defense Force Command search and rescue team with a fully equipped field hospital has headed for Nepal, a 12 hour journey, to aid the earthquake stricken country.The death toll has climbed to more than 2,500 people, and 61 are known to have been killed in neighboring countries. The U.S Geological Survey has counted 12 aftershocks, one measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale.

The fully equipped IDF field hospital can treat 200 patients a day. Some 260 personnel accompanied the two planes.The field hospital will have a ward for premature babies, a labor ward, x-ray machines and a hospitalization area, as well as lab and surgery areas.

The first priority will be the search and rescue effort to find earthquake victims trapped in the rubble.They have cutting equipment, electronic devices to help find trapped victims, lighting equipment and more.

The Israelis are world-renowned first responders in the case of great natural disasters, and both extremely efficient and well prepared to work closely with local officials. An advance team left in the early morning hours. Arriving safely may be a challenge as the Kathmandu airport was heavily damaged in the earthquake

This is the worst tremor to hit this South Asian country in over 80 years.

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