India sent the first consignment of emergency relief materials worth ₹10 crore to quake-struck Nepal on November 5. The relief materials arrived in Nepal via a special Indian Air Force C-130 flight at Nepalgunj.
The consignment of over 11 tonnes of emergency relief materials included relief materials such as tents, blankets, tarpaulin sheets and essential medicines and medical equipment.
The relief materials were handed over by the Indian Ambassador Naveen Srivastava, on behalf of the Government of India, to the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Nepal, Purna Bahadur Khadka.
On the midnight of November 3, Nepal was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. So far, the quake has taken the lives of 157 people and injured over 250 others. India will send more consignments to Nepal in the coming days.
Indian government’s help to Nepal coincides with the role of first responder it played after the Himalayan country was hit by a massive earthquake in 2015. India then carried out its largest disaster relief operation abroad called Operation Maitri.
So far, India has extended $1 billion to Nepal under its long-term assistance for post-earthquake reconstruction in housing, education, health, and cultural heritage sectors. This includes rebuilding 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.