Kimse Yok Mu’s rescue team Asya returns from Nepal

ISTANBUL: Asya Search and Rescue team which is directed by Turkish aid organization Kimse Yok Mu returned Turkey on Monday after search and rescue efforts in Nepal which was struck by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that left more than 6,000 people dead.

Speaking to Cihan news agency after the return, Asian team leader Ayhan Kasap said the team left Turkey on April 25 as soon as they received the news of the earthquake and and started conducting rescue operations alongside other local and international teams.

Kasap said they carried out rescue efforts around the capital Katmandu and surrounding residential areas, mountain villages and regions where local aid teams, police forces and troops had difficulty in reaching due to landslides.

Kasap stated that the Turkish schools in the country also grant support them for search and rescue efforts.

“With the help of Turkish schools there, we managed to access these regions and conducted necessary scanning and inspections,” Kasap said.

The fully equipped team both contributed to search and rescue activities and provide humanitarian aid in the region.

There are 90 members working in Turkish rescue teams in Nepal that include the Asian Search and Rescue team, the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), GEA (Mother Earth), the National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE), the Global Doctors Movement (Kuresel Doktorlar Hareketi), the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) and the Search and Rescue Association (AKUT).

The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) and the Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation have also rushed to the aid of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.