Kathmandu: The Indian Army has reached the epicentre of the earthquake at Barpak village, near Lamjung in Gorkha district of Nepal, to set up a base there as part of the massive rescue and relief work being conducted under ‘Operation Maitri’.
At Barpak village, the epicentre of the quake —hundreds of bodies have been found lying in the rubble.
The affected areas fall in Gorkha district of north-central Nepal with a population of 4,556 (as per the 1991 census). An Army forward medical team is now stationed in the area.
Working in close conjunction with its Nepalese counterpart as well as IAF and NDRF, the Indian Army is prepared for the long haul in the Himalayan country with which it shares a two-century-old connection through recruitment of the doughty Gorkha soldiers.
General Dalbir Singh Suhag said, “We have around 28,000 Nepalese Gorkhas serving in the Indian Army, with another 1.25 lakh retired ones in Nepal. They will be our eyes and ears in directing the relief operations.”
Another Officer said, “Four Army Dhruv advanced light helicopters and two Cheetah choppers are also being inducted into Pokhara for rescue and relief operations. We are ready to assist Nepal in whatever it wants. Hotlines have been set up between the two armies.”
A field hospital has been put up at Rajdalgarh near Lalitpur with an orthopaedic specialist, a surgical specialist and an anaesthetist along with attached medical staff.
Additional doctors have been tasked with covering 80 km area around the base in two mobile medical teams.