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Nepal quake: IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft lands in Kathmandu


C-130J Super Hercules

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft has landed in Kathmandu with 39 NDRF personnel to assist in the rescue operations in Nepal, where a powerful quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale killed hundreds besides leaving several others injured.

“#NepalEarthquake IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules which has just landed at K’mandu carried 39 NDRF personnel and 3.5 tonnes of load,” tweeted Ministry of Defence (MoD) official spokesperson Sitanshu Kar. Kar informed that two MI-17 helicopters, which had taken off from Gorakhpur for Nepal are returning due to the bad weather. The Ministry of Defence spokesperson also informed that the Indian Army Everest expedition team along with the Sherpas are safe.

Kar had earlier tweeted that the Ministry of Defence has put the Indian Army, BRO and IAF assets on standby for any task i
n view of the earthquake. The death toll in Nepal from the powerful earthquake rose to between 688 and 711, with 181 people killed in the capital Kathmandu.

Tremors were felt as far as in New Delhi and other northern and eastern cities, where people ran out of their offices and houses.