Pakistan sends salvage and relief group to Nepal

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday despatched rescue and relief assistance, including a 30-bed mobile hospital, to quake-hit Nepal, media reports said.

Two C-130 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Sunday and two more were expected to reach there on Monday, Dawn online reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offered humanitarian assistance over a telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala

The two C-130s that reached Kathmandu on Sunday carrying a medical team of doctors and paramedics, the mobile hospital, medicines, tents, water, dry food, and a search and rescue team with equipment.

The mobile hospital comprises a team of Pakistan Army specialist doctors, including surgical, medical, orthopaedic, gynaecologist, anaesthesiologist, child specialist, radiologist and paramedics.

An urban search and rescue team of Pakistan Army which is highly specialised in rescue operations during natural disasters is also being sent.

The search and rescue team is equipped with ground penetrating radars and concrete cutter. The team is specially trained to search people trapped in rubble.

The Pakistani ambassador and other embassy officials were present at the airport to extend logistical support to the relief team.

A massive 7.9-magnitude quake, followed by a second 7.0-magnitude quake, that hit Nepal on Saturday, left over 2,500 people dead.