Gurkha Teams Deploy Across Nepal
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Gurkha Teams Deploy Across Nepal

Three Gurkha initial response teams have been dispatched from Kathmandu in an effort to get much needed aid and medical help to some of...

Gurkha Teams Deploy Across Nepal

Three Gurkha initial response teams have been dispatched from Kathmandu in an effort to get much needed aid and medical help to some of Nepal's worst-affected communities.

Deployed to Gorkha, Lamjung and Bagmati each team includes additional Welfare officers, doctors, nurses, porters and drivers.

British Army Gurkhas are also assisting a number of international search and rescue teams, their knowledge of both English and Nepali proving invaluable.

Hundreds of people are also being supported with first aid and food at Headquarters British Gurkhas, Kathmandu.

Although surviving Saturday's massive earthquake and subsequent aftershocks intact, the HQ is starting to struggle to find fresh supplies of clean water.

Soldiers from the Queen's Gurkha Engineers and the Royal Gurkha Rifles are en-route to help in the relief effort, having flown out from the UK earlier this week.

Three Chinook helicopters are also on their way and are expected to be followed by more troops from the Queen's Gurkha Signals.

Meanwhile a Gurkha team that was climbing Mount Everest when the tremor hit are also moving to Kathmandu to assist the Nepali authorities emergency response.

Despite enduring avalanches, spending several days cut off on the mountain and being left with only what was in their packs to sustain them, the 17 men regrouped at Base Camp and helped to organise the recovery of other trapped climbers.

More than 5000 people are now known to have died in the disaster.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust has set up a relief fund appeal to help those affected. Details can be found here.

To find out more about the DEC's Nepal Earthquake Appeal please click here