Two Il-76 planes from EMERCOM of Russia, with rescuers on board, flew from India to earthquake-stricken Nepal to evacuate Russians.
The two aircraft, which on April 27 were already at the airport in New Delhi, in just 15 minutes after receiving permission to come from the Nepalese authorities, took off from the airport of New Delhi and headed for Kathmandu. These are special flights sent to evacuate Russian citizens, currently residing in or visiting Nepal.
Alexander Romanov, head of the search and rescue team at EMERCOM of Russia, said that on board the aircraft are about 100 rescue workers, with all necessary equipment machinery and equipment for earthquake relief.
The aircraft are also carrying humanitarian aid – food and daily necessities.
The multi-discipline team of Russian rescuers consists of more than 90 specialists of Centrospas and from the Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations at the Lider, including rescue workers, climbers, canine teams, doctors, and psychologists from EMERCOM of Russia, as well as employees of the All-Russia Research Institute for Civil Defense and Emergencies, with their Struna diagnostics unit. This complex is designed to determine the stability of a building after an earthquake or explosion.
At EMERCOM, they noted that all experts and rescuers are highly educated, trained, and have practical skills gained from working in emergency zones, including in areas of destructive earthquakes.
The earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday morning. Its magnitude was 7.9, with the epicenter located 82 kilometers north-west of the capital city of Kathmandu. The total number of deaths, according to the latest data, now exceeds 5,000 people. Some of these died when an avalanche struck a camp of climbers on the slopes of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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