Red Cross forms squads to rescue disaster-hit

Kathmandu, October 5:

The Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS)-Kathmandu has formed four emergency first aid teams to bring down the number of casualties during disasters.

These teams will arrive at the spots, where human casualties are likely, to provide first aid treatment within 15 minutes of the occurrence of disasters. “Security situation of the entire nation is deteriorating. The capital has also been a target recently alongside the ups and downs on Constituent Assembly (CA) polls,” said Sangha Ratna Shakya, secretary of the NRCS.

Recent blasts in the capital have questioned public security arrangements, Shakya said. Given a burgeoning population in the capital, the number of victims is likely to be very high if disasters occur here, Shakya said. He said that the emergency teams are well- trained and they will provide medications needed to the people during disasters or emergency situations.

The four teams are named as Alpha, Delta, Bravo and Charlie. Each team comprises seven members and two commanders.

Shakya said this is the first time in the country that teams have been formed to rescue disaster victims. Given the unstable situation, Shakya hoped such teams will be formed in other parts of the country as well. He said more rescue teams will be formed.