As the death toll in yesterday’s deadly earthquake passes 2,000, and with over 4,500 injured, Israeli aid teams are among the scores of international partners rushing to Nepal, which is struggling to cope with the sheer number of casualties and scale of damage.
The Israeli government has already dispatched its own team, including six IDF medical experts, a rescue team from the Home Front Command, a team from the IDF Medical Corps, and a representative from the Foreign Ministry. Those personnel will be both the general relief efforts, as well as seeking to locate some 200 or so Israelis currently either missing or stranded in the worst-hit areas.
But the devastating quake – the worst in Nepal for eight decades – has also triggered an unprecedented joint-initiative by some of Israel’s leading medical NGOs.
For the first time, United Hatzalah, Zaka and First will be embarking on a joint mission to the disaster-hit country, adding their combined weight to the Israeli team, which also includes emergency workers from Magen David Adom.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva ahead of his departure to Nepal on Sunday, United Hatzalah’s International Operations and Development Coordinator Dovi Meizels took stock of the task ahead of the Israeli team.
“It’s a unique cooperation between three Israeli emergency agencies, led by us,” he said.
The team will include doctors, paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and of course search-and-rescue personnel to deal with the difficult task of locating survivors – and bodies.
“People around the world always hear about Israel from the media – that’s not the real Israel. This is,” said Meizels. “At times like this they see the true, sincere, real face of Israel.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.