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Russian rescue team arrives in Nepal

April 29, 2015, 4:14 UTC+3 KATHMANDU

Two Russian planes brought the Russian rescue team to Kathmandu, Nepal's earthquake-hit capital, to join search and rescue operations

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KATHMANDU, April 29. /TASS/. A team of rescuers and medical experts from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry have arrived in Nepal to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people.

Two Russian Il-76 planes on Wednesday brought the Russian rescue team to Kathmandu, Nepal's earthquake-hit capital, to join search and rescue operations.

The team includes around 100 specialists - rescuers, medical experts and psychologists - from the Centrospas rescue group and the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Centre Leader, as well as experts from the All-Russia Scientific Research Institute on Problems of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations, the ministry told TASS. All of them have vast experience of working in disaster zones, including quake-affected areas, it said.

The planes also delivered more than two tonnes of relief aid to the disaster-stricken country, including foodstuffs and daily necessities, as well as five special vehicles and high-tech equipment necessary to eliminate the damage caused by the earthquake.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The epicentre was located 84 kilometres away from the capital city Kathmandu at a depth of 15 kilometres. The earthquake was followed by a series of 67 aftershocks with a magnitude ranging from 3.5 to 6.9.

According to the latest reports, the earthquake claimed more than 5,000 lives. Over 10,000 people were injured. The biggest damage was done to Kathmandu, where 1,900 have been ruined and at least 4,000 more building severely damaged. The earthquake triggered snow slides at the world’s highest Mount Everest, burring about 80 climbers. Earth tremors were felt in the Indian capital New Delhi and in its eastern, northern and northeastern states, where 70 people were killed and more than 250 injured, in Myanmar, Bangaldesh, and in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

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