ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Reputation for Rescue and Relief

We must save as many lives as possible, but why should we shamelessly seek brownie points for it?

The rapidity with which the Indian government responded to the earthquake in Nepal and the extent of help provided can only be welcomed. Within a few hours of the earthquake striking north-west of Kathmandu and with initial reports coming in of massive devastation to property, the Indian government mobilised both the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the armed forces to send relief as well as specialised rescue teams to help its northern neighbour.

The extent of the death and destruction from the earthquake, which struck Nepal and adjoining areas of India on 25 April 2015, has yet to be fully measured and estimated. Some villages near the earthquake epicentre have been entirely flattened, while damage and death have been substantial everywhere. The already fragile and insufficient infrastructure of Nepal also seems to have suffered grievous damage. From all accounts it does seem that Indian rescue workers, doctors, relief supplies and medicines have been an important part of the Nepal government’s efforts.

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