25/04/2015 5:18 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

India Sends Four Aircraft With Relief Supplies To Nepal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a function to mark the national Panchayati Raj or village civil council day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 24, 2015. Modi on Friday urged Panchayat members to work with a five-year vision with concrete development plans to bring about positive changes in their village and also emphasized on the need for education, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI — As many as four aircraft including a C-130 plane carrying three tonnes of relief supplies and a 40-member rescue team were today pressed into service to assist Nepal after it suffered a devastating earthquake in which hundreds of people have been killed.

The External Affairs Ministry has also set up a 24-hour control room to help its nationals with information and any other assistance.

While two C17 globemasters took off from Hindon airbase, one aircraft was being sent from Bhatinda, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters.

The 40-member National Disaster Response Force with their equipment will not only provide relief and rescue services to Indians there but also Nepalese people, he said.

The teams will also assess the damage, he said, adding that tomorrow also India will fly special engineering teams to help the people of Nepal.

Acting on Nepal's request, the government will be sending medical teams and mobile hospitals, the Foreign Secretary added.

The relief supplies include tents and blankets as asked by the Nepalese government, he said, noting that in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the message was very strong that "we should do whatever possible to help Nepal".

Asked about Indians stuck there, Jaishankar said the government has received information from several states regarding tourist groups and it was being processed to get the exact number.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that "Indians in Nepal may please contact our mission in Kathmandu.

Our mission will provide you all help."

Hundreds of people were killed in today's 7.9 earthquake with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu. It also had its impact in several Indian states including Bihar, West Bengal and UP and tremors were felt across vast stretches of eastern and northeastern region. It was also felt in China, Bhutan and as far as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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