NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: ITALIAN FIELD HOSPITAL SET UP The situation is dramatic even now for public order and the difficulty to provide relief

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A KC767 transport aircraft of the air force left today in the late afternoon carrying health care task force and technical-operative support sent by the Italian government to assist the people of Nepal affected by the dramatic earthquake of 25th April.

The team, which is coordinated by the Department of civil protection in a joint operations of the European civil protection force, consists of 36 people including medical personnel for emergency surgery of Pisa, fire specialists for assessing and securing buildings and officials of the Department itself. On board the aircraft even healthcare Italian army military hospital Celio, officials of the Foreign Ministry’s crisis unit who will be integrated with the team already operating in Nepal from 27th April for organising the repatriation of our countrymen, and joint military command.

The boeing-air force took off from Pratica di Mare and will land in the early hours of tomorrow morning in Kathmandu-carriying a Advanced Medical Place (PMA)consisting of five tents, a gazebo for the triage and service areas for the staff, technical equipment and a container containing twelve self-stable tents. In particular, the PMA includes an area for the hosting of casualties and ambulance, stretchers, x-ray and ultrasound equipment, orthopaedic treatment advice,operating room and waiting area for the transfer of patients to other hospitals.

The health care team-member emergency surgery of Pisa-consists of health care doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons and pediatricians. The task force will join in with Italian experts who arrived in Nepal Monday, April 27th, who have been working these days with the United Nations and the local authorities to prepare for the arrival of medical and technical teams and provide the best possible support to the people.

In Kathmandu, a team of European experts arrived this moring today, including a structural engineer in the Department of civil protection, sent by the Directorate-General for humanitarian aid and civil protection of the European Commission to support local authorities in assessing the damage and structures heavily affected by the earthquake. The intervention of relief aid remains problematic,especially in more remote areas, due to bad weather conditions and landslides that have blocked the roads.

The situation is dramatic, there have been scuffles, exasperated people have started to protest, clashing sporadically: “we’ve been waiting since dawn, we were told that there would have been 250 buses, but not one has come,” said Kishor Kavre, a 25-year-old student decided as thousands-estimates speak of 300,000 units in the next few hours-for people to leave the devastated city. But tens and thousands of homeless who have decided to stay in Kathmandu, have cued up patiently where water and food is being distirbuted. There are many self-organised distribution outlets on street corners.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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