Nepalese Army Intensifies Search and Rescue Efforts 

  1. Immediately after a fresh temblor of 6.8 magnitudes with its epicenter between Sindhupalchok and Dolakha at 1250 hrs on May 12, 2015 that caused dozens more deaths and ravaged already weakened structures, the Nepalese Army was quick to deploy for search-and-rescue operations to those places. 

 2. Within minutes of the quake, aerial recce was conducted to access the scale of the damage and all available resources including Multi-National teams were quickly mobilized for search-and-rescue operations to the worst-hit districts. Also, additional Nepalese Army troops from other sectors were sent yesterday itself to support the search-and-rescue efforts in Dolakha and surroundings.   

3. A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey that was conducting rescue and relief operation after the recent earthquake has been missing near Sunkhani area of Dolakha District since Tuesday afternoon. The helicopter was carrying two Nepalese Army personnel and six U.S. Marines abroad including crew members. The Nepalese Army search-and-rescue teams on foot from areas Lapilang, Lamidanda, Sunkhani, Kshetrapa and Juvu of Dolakha were dispatched promptly along the last known site. Meanwhile, the aerial search, which was suspended due to darkness yesterday, has resumed since early morning with all available assets. The status of the missing chopper is still unknown.