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The UAE Search and Rescue Team Begins Humanitarian Mission in Nepal

Air Support Division Drones Participate in the Operations

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, May 3rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

The UAE Search and Rescue Team at the Ministry of Interior, started its humanitarian mission in providing logistic support to the international relief operation to aid the victims of the earthquake in Nepal, which caused the death of 6659 people and injured 14063 people, according to Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Ansari, Head of the UAE Search and Rescue Team, Director General of Civil Defense in Abu Dhabi.

The recently established Air Support Department in the at the Security Support Directorate General at the General Secretariat of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior participated using a drone with the engineering group of the Search and Rescue team utilized the Security Media’s Drones to assess the damaged buildings integrity which is the first experience worldwide to use the drones in search and rescue operations and field scanning to provide further safety and protection to the human element participating in such operations.

Lt. Col. Al Ansari explained that these drones are a part of the team’s key equipment in search and rescue operations, as they provide a wide vision range of the site and help determine the dangers and the ideal entrances and exits. The engineering group used them to make the proper decisions.

Al Ansari pointed that the team’s mission in Nepal, from the moment they arrived was focused on providing medical services, which included examining patients, assessing their condition, supporting hospitals with the latest medical tools and equipment, as well as training Nepalese doctors and nurses to introduce the best methods in categorizing different medical conditions. This comes as an embodiment of the keenness of the UAE to help the needy and rescue the victims of natural disasters around the world as well as helping the brotherly and friendly nations.

Al Ansari pointed that the team provided logistic support to the international search and rescue teams, the Emirati Red Crescent, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, and other UAE governmental institutions. In addition, the team provided technical support to the UN’s International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), by providing the latest satellite communication equipment, as well as highly trained teams to manage the operations’ room.

He mentioned that the UN is conducting its search and rescue operations through the UAE Search and Rescue Team’s camp, benefiting from the high field skills and advanced equipment to handle and survive disasters. He pointed that 76 teams are participating in the relief of the earthquake relief in Nepal, including 16 teams accredited by the INSARAG in accordance with the approved process.

The international statistics estimate the number of people affected by the earthquake in Nepal to be 8 million people, people needing clean drinking water 4.2 million, people needing food 3 million, completely damaged houses 160786, and partially damaged houses 143673.

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