DART's on ground in Nepal

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The first phase of the deployment in Nepalis being lead by one of our most experienced DART, Dave Tuzewski (Adelaide, Australia), with the support of one of our newest DARTs, Peter Hazell (Norwich, UK).

Communications and transport in Nepal are still a major issue -  we have a brief report from Dave:

Visited 3 of the 5 north eastern villages we had planned. Very rough roads and also delayed by a very inconvenient puncture.
Never the less we identified 3 communities that meet our criteria of being remote, having had little or no aid so far and have been very badly affected by the quakes.
Apps 50 suitable sites were identified as behind available and safe. Many people are prepared to sacrifice their meager agricultural land for shelter and also move their precious livestock. Shelter is very much needed here and with the monsoon not far away time is precious.

The terrain and land use limits where we can safely locate tents. So all sites are spread over a wide and hilly area.

All villages and sites still had electricity, safe drinking water, and basic sanitation. They also have ongoing support from Ashok and rotary.

 

Norman Disney & Young gives $20,000

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Above L-R: David Langworthy, Chairman Disaster Aid International and Bob Powell, Chairman Disaster Aid Australia, receiving a $20,000 donation from the NDY Charitable Trust, presented by NDY CEO Stuart Fowler, and Australian Regional Director Sam Aloi
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The recent devastation caused by natural disasters in both Vanuatu and Nepal has meant increasing pressure on the efforts of organisations such as Disaster Aid Australia (DAA).

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DART team readies for Nepal

Peter Hazell was one of the candidates on our Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) training course last month when the earthquake struck Nepal.
The group of candidates on that training course was declared as one of the best groups, if not the best group, ever assembled.

Larry Agee and Darren Mayne, the Trainers leading the course, adjusted the training programme to use the disaster in Nepal to make the exercises the candidates being were tasked with, 'totally realistic in live time'.

Now, just 2 weeks later, Peter, who was one of the 11 candidates who successfully completed Part 1 of their assessment is to become a DART volunteer, has been invited to be part of Disaster Aid International's first team to go to Nepal.

This DART team will leave next week and it is expected to be the first of at least two teams that will be sent to Nepal.

Another point of interest regarding Nepal is that, in addition to the supply of water filters and 400 of our own tents, Disaster Aid International is making arrangements to ship an additional 400 tents, 400 camp/stretcher beds, and 400 pillows donated by the Victoria (Australia) Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning.

Donations to our own appeal for Nepal continue to arrive and we are encouraged by this support and grateful to everyone who is endorsing our efforts.

Nepal - Situation Report

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From Rotary District 3292, Rotary Club of Dhulikhel
Community Development and Relief Agency Nepal
Monday May 4, 2015

After a week of disastrous earthquake, people are still waiting for food and shelter; most of them are from remote hard-to-reach areas. Humanitarian reliefs are still beyond the reach especially in remote villages of Kavre, Sindhupalchok and Nuwakot districts where the earthquake hit the most. It is said that in Sindhupalchok only, the casualties might reach about 5,000. In this area, even after 9 days of earthquake, 2 men and 1 woman are rescued.

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