In Tar, where 120 residents lost their lives and 95% of the houses collapsed, the IsraAID team was the first medical team to arrive, and treated 122 people including six severe orthopedic cases.
Update – May 12:
As Nepal was shaken by yet another earthquake (7.3 magnitude), IsraAID‘s emergency response team is on the ground monitoring the situation in vulnerable areas.
"Phone networks are down, everyone is outside and afraid to come in" reported Yotam Polizer, IsraAID’s head of mission on the ground in Nepal. "I am worried for vulnerable neighborhoods like Gongabu, where our search and rescue team rescued Krishnadevi last week. The houses there are not sturdy, and many were damaged by the earthquake. We are on the way there now."
The IsraAID team built a temporary neonatal nursery in Kathmandu that helped save four children, and three more were treated in the rural areas.
IsraAID currently has medical and psychosocial teams on the ground in Nepal, as well as distribution of goods, and will continue to coordinate with the Nepalese government, UN agencies, and NGOs/INGOs to respond to any and all new developments.
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A week earlier, in partnership with Siddi Vinayak Hospital in Kathmandu, and the Ministry of Health and Population, and with the help of Nepali porters, IsraAID’s medical team set out for the remote mountain villages in northeastern Nepal, along with a team of Nepali doctors and nurses from Kathmandu. After a seven hour drive from Kathmandu and a three hour walk, the team arrived in Tar village and in less than an hour set up their mobile clinic.
The massive earthquake caused many rockslides, making the narrow tracks to these small villages very difficult to access, and many have yet to receive any kind of assistance. In Tar, where 120 residents lost their lives and 95% of the houses collapsed, the IsraAID team was the first medical team to arrive, and treated 122 people including six severe orthopedic cases.
The medical team stayed in the village of Tar for a day and a half before returning to Kathmandu to regroup and leave for another village in the Gorkha region. As roads are gradually cleared, access will become easier.
IsraAID plans to remain in Nepal for at least a year, focusing on trauma therapy, using art, drama, and other methods to help children deal with the emotional side of this disaster.
Treating patients in a remote Nepali village