South African charity organisation Gif of the Givers Foundation has lent its support to thousands of displaced and injured people in Nepal, which experienced an earthquake on 25 April 2015. It’s regarded as one of the biggest earthquakes to hit Nepal since the Bihar earthquake of 1934, which was 80 years ago.
Gift of the Givers has headed to the country, along with twenty highly qualified search and rescue personnel. They were also armed with technological equipment including the Life Locator (a machine that can accurately predict the presence of life 10 metres below the rubble in 3 minutes), the search cam (a camera facility that provides video footage as the team search through rubble) and other relevant equipment.
In addition to the thousands who have been displaced as well as the rising death toll (currently estimated at about 5000), the 7.8 magnitude earthquake has left some climbers stuck around Mount Everest after triggering avalanches.
Ahmed Bham told EWN that rescuers are still battling to reach some villages in the south Asian nation.
“It’s not just to retrieve people from the rubble. It’s about getting into those inaccessible places and getting relief to those people.”
According to the United Nations, as many as 8 million people have been affected by the disaster in the country. Some are stranded, unable to get out of Nepal.
Rescuers are working under harsh weather conditions as they dig through the rubble of collapsed people and scour the Himalayas for people who have been trapped.
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