Lives saved in Nepal thanks to collaborative rescue operations

Military teams have been searching the town and mountains of rubble for signs of missing people. Photo: OCHA/Orla Fagan

The search and rescue operations in Nepal, deployed after an earthquake hit the country on 25 April, saved many lives thanks to a collaborative approach between local Nepali and international groups, according to a senior disaster relief official.

The teams working to free victims from fallen infrastructure were guided by the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC).

Dewey Perks works for the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and is responsible for coordinating US teams abroad.

Fabrice Robinet spoke with him on the line from Nepal as foreign teams begin to leave the country now that search and rescue operations are over.

He shared his personal experience rescuing people from the rubble.

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