Nepal: MSF starts reaching people in remote mountain regions by helicopter and on foot following the earthquake
5-5 | Since 29 April, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams in Nepal have started reaching people spread across isolated mountain villages by helicopter and on foot.
4-29 | In response to the Nepal earthquake and the consequences it has caused, MSF-Hong Kong will send Eric Leung, water, hygiene and sanitation manager from Hong Kong, to Nepal tomorrow (30 April). He will be the first Hong Kong field worker sent from MSF for the intervention of Nepal earthquake, and there will be at least five field workers dispatched from MSF-Hong Kong office arriving Nepal in the coming week. Eric said Nepal is a country that he has hoped to visit for long.
4-29 | The MSF team which has been in the hardest hit area of Nepal, the Ghorka District, is bringing in surgical reinforcements to help with the injured there. The Gorkha District Hospital suffered significant damage from the earthquake with the in-patient department destroyed. On Wednesday a truck carrying a rapid surgical intervention kit left Kathmandu for Ghorka (200km north-east) as the road has been re-opened.
4-28 | MSF's emergency response to the Nepal earthquake is now taking shape with approximately 38 staff on the ground in Nepal. Their first impressions of the capital, Katmandu are that it has experienced relatively low level destruction, with the vast majority of buildings and houses still standing. However, many people are sleeping outside in tents and makeshift shelters as they are afraid to be inside due to aftershocks.
4-28 | Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have arrived in Nepal and are currently assessing the most urgent medical needs. Further teams are expected to arrive in Nepal later today and over the coming days. One 17-member team is in Kathmandu. They have carried out an initial assessment of the damage by helicopter.