JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.65

SPECIAL FEATURE

SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal

Playing with Children in Chuchepati Playing with Children in Chuchepati
Airlift of Materials and Equipment Airlift of Materials and Equipment

At 15:00 JST April 25th, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, causing widespread damages.

On April 27th, the Nepalese government requested assistance from the SDF. The MOD organized a Medical Assistance Unit through Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR) framework, to conduct urgently needed medical service assistance.

An operation order to dispatch the Japan Self-Defense Disaster Relief Team was issued on the same day, April 27th. The team consisted of a Joint Operations Coordination Center (four personnel), a Medical Assistance Unit (approx. 110 personnel), and an Airlift Unit (approx. 160 personnel). Immediately upon arrival, these personnel began medical and other related relief activities primarily in Kathmandu.

The SDF's international disaster relief activities in Nepal were based on the needs of the Nepalese government which were prepared in detail at the Multi National Military Coordination centering Kathmandu. Members from the Joint Operations Coordination Center mainly took part in these coordination activities.

The Medical Assistance Unit began providing medical assistance from April 30th, and treated for approx. 2,900 people at five locations throughout Kathmandu and its neighborhood by May 18th. In addition, the Unit gave a lecture on mental health to approx. 40 staff and students of Tribhuvan University and conducted epidemic prevention activities in the town of Melamchi.

The Airlift Unit twice conducted airlift operations in order to transport the necessary materials and equipment, including medical supplies, by C-130 transport aircraft from Japan to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.

On May 19th, in response to a request by the Nepalese government, an order was issued to bring the SDF’s Nepal mission to a close, concluding all activities. The Nepalese government, including Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, expressed their deepest appreciation to the SDF activities.

SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal Medical Assistance at Ratna Park
SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal
SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal
SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal
SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal
SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal
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