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Nepal quake: People breathe a sigh of respite, India speeds up relief operation

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015,18:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kathmandu | People in the earthquake-battered Himalayan nation of Nepal today breathed relief ,  coming out of their plastic tent camps into the open space.
At around 1600 hrs in Kathmandu’s heart Ranipokhri,Ratnapark,Tundikhel, Martyr’s gate, New Road gate,Basantpur,Khichapokhri,Sundhara, Dharhara(Nepal’s tower)and Mahakaal(Veer hospital)areas, several many vehicles could be seen on the roads,  a UNI correspondent found.
Despite devastation, masses came out to see historic Durbar High school along with Tundikhel’s royal military ground.
Exhausted and agitated people ,shouting slogans against the government, were seen complaining against shortage of basic amenities.
Indian Embassy spokesperson Abhay Kumar informed that so far 15,000 Indians have been safely evacuated and brought back home.
‘Normalcy’ has now been restored,proof to which was the heavy jam of vehicles on road.
He said around 1,000 specialists from National Disaster Response Force, including doctors and engineers, were currently positioned in the affected areas.
Till now 1,000 tonnes of relief material including food packets, water,sanitation kits among others had been supplied.
At least 15 MI-17 helicopters along with 25 other aircraft h ad been pressed into service, he said.
According to information received from Terai region, adjoining Bihar border, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,  was camping in Sitamarhi region and had despatched around 5,000 packets of food through Nepalese officials to the quake affected areas.