Nepal asks for NDRF withdrawal


Kathmandu: Nepal government on Monday urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hit capital to return home as hundreds of people visited Buddhist shrines and monasteries to mark the birthday of Gautam Buddha. Nepal government has also asked the National Disaster Response Force to be called back from the country.

Information Minister Minendra Rijal said that the major rescue works have been completed and the rest can be handled by the local reascue teams. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown to Nepal to help in rescue operations, provide emergency medical care and distribute food and other necessities. The death toll from the quake, Nepal’s worst in more than 80 years, reached 7,276, police said.