(KATHMANDU, Nepal, 5/5/2015) – The international relief agency Helping Hand for Relief and Development has firmly established its presence among aid providers in Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on April 25.
The organization’s active response to the disaster so far includes six mobile medical camps that provided care to 1,400, two food package distributions that served 1,500 and physical rehabilitation to nearly 3,000.
In addition to trained medical staff, such as physicians and orthopedics, HHRD’s Emergency Response Team includes a number of professional relief workers and rehabilitation specialists.
“Rescuing people who are stranded and vulnerable is our first priority, said Saleem Mansoori, the director of operations at HHRD.
After conducting a situational assessment, the Emergency Response Team has determined the existence of an immediate need for medicine, water, food, tents, mattresses, and hygiene kits.
The team visited the Kathmandu Bir Hospital, one of the main facilities assisting victim of the quake, to assess the rescue situation. It is providing physiotherapy to injured patients and collaborating with hospital surgeons to determine a future course of action.
With over 7,000 dead and 6,500 injured, the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala, fears the death toll could reach a staggering 10,000. The deadly earthquake has destroyed villages, caused avalanches on Mt. Everest and a number of landslides in areas north of Kathmandu.
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Helping Hand for Relief and Development, USA is the overseas relief division of the Islamic Circle of North America.