The second Sri Lanka Army contingent with 4000 kilos of relief supplies is ready to leave for Nepal to assist relief efforts following the catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.
An army officer and 15 army personnel, a navy officer and 13 navy personnel, an Air force officer and 10 airmen are scheduled to leave for relief work.
The first segment of the rescue and relief contingent of 48 Army personnel including four civil medical consultants, a team of Commandos, Engineer troops, four sniffer dogs, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps personnel and other vocationally qualified Army members, left for Nepal yesterday on a SLAF Hercules C-130 transport aircraft.
35 Sri Lankans remaining in Nepal have arrived the Sri Lankan embassy in Nepal by now.
Air Force media spokesman Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne stated that the relevant plane is due to bring the 35 Sri Lankans to the today.
Following the devastating earthquake, the Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency.
The historical Dharahara Tower in the capital Katmandu was destroyed following the earthquake.
The tower which was built in 1832 was declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal W.M. Seneviratne stated that, according to the reports, no Sri Lankans were injured in the earthquake in Nepal.
To contact during emergencies and to request for details the embassy advises the public to call their 24 hour hotline.
00 97 79 85 10 200 57
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks with Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav yesterday regarding the aftermath of the earthquake.
At that time the Prime Minister has stated that Sri Lanka stands by Nepal in this unfortunate event and will extend all necessary support to the Nepal.
The Prime Minister’s Office also called for volunteering doctors and nurses to contact the office via
071 24 92 484, since there’s a necessity of Medical and relief services in Nepal.