26 April, New Delhi
An inter-ministerial team will visit Nepal to co-ordinate relief and rescue operation in earthquake affected areas.
Briefing reporters in New Delhi on Sunday Home Secretary L C Goyal the team will comprise of six senior officials of the ministries involved in relief and rescue operation.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that six more NDRF team will reach Nepal by Monday to intensify relief and rescue operation named Maitri. Seven teams are already deployed in the area and three teams will reach by Sunday Evening .
He said 13 military and 3 civilian aircraft are also going to Kathmandsu to bring stranded people besides 5 military planes which are already in service. He said government is also going to deploy 35 buses to move stranded nationals out of Nepal via Sunauli in UP and Raxaul in Bihar.
Jaishankar said Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has also been asked to arrange buses to move people from there. So far 1050 Indians have been brought back from the earthquake hit Nepal. The Secretary said that relief and rescue operation is primary focus of the government right now.
Home Secretary said as of now 62 casualties have been reported form Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan. He said the earthquake has also left 259 people injured.
On the occasion, Director General of MeT Department, L S Rathore said that rain is expected during next 48 hours which may cause landslides and avalanches in the earthquake hit areas. He said that so far 46 aftershocks above the magnitude of 4 on Richter Scale have been experienced . He said the aftershocks are likely to continue.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the agencies involved in relief and rescue operation to speed up their efforts to save and evacuate people from earthquake hit Nepal.
During the high level meeting in New Delhi, Modi said that highest priority be accorded to food and water supplies, including milk powder. He also directed for using road route for evacuating stranded people and stressed on the need for ensuring coordination among various agencies involved in relief and rescue operations.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Manohar Parrikar and senior government officials.