One week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Canada’s Federal Government has confirmed it will send more supports from its Disaster Assistance Response Team – or DART for short.
Officials say the members are being sent from the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton.
They’ll be accompanied by civilian political and humanitarian personnel from Foreign Affairs.
A day after the earthquake, Canada sent its Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team along with a small group of DART members.
It was to assess the situation in Nepal and see what kinds of help the Canadian Federal government should be sending.
Canada’s DART team is sent to respond to natural disasters abroad.
Some of its aid elements include primary medical care, engineering help and water purification.
Back home, Vancouver is a long way from home — in Kathmandu. The local Nepal Cultural society continues to raise funds to support families abroad.
President of the Vancouver Nepal Cultural society, Anil Pradhan worries about his sister living in Nepal.
“I have a sister. And I talked to her a couple of days ago and for a few days she was living in the backyard with 20 or 30 people.”
She has now returned to her home — but he says the situation is still grave and there are likely no longer any surivivors who will be pulled from the rubble.
“Now is the time to get together and help the people how are affected.”
The death toll has climbed to over 6800.