The Dutch doctor who was one of at least 4 people killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal on Tuesday, has been identified as 32 year old Jessica Wilford from Eindhoven. The helicopter was transporting rescue workers and relief supplies for earthquake victims when the accident happened, Omroep Brabant reports.
Contact has been made with all 900 Dutch people who were known to be in Nepal during the earthquake that hit the Asian country on April 25th.
Of the 750 Dutch citizens who were known to be in Nepal at the time of last month’s devastating earthquake, nearly two dozen are still missing, according to the Dutch government. Meanwhile, a Netherlands fundraising effort to assist the relief operation topped 8.5 million euros.
The earthquake in Nepal will receive a lot of attention today in programs on the Publieke Omroep, RTL and SBS. The action day kicked off at 06:00 a.m. on NPO Radio 2 and will continue until midnight.
On Wednesday the Dutch ambassador to India and Bhutan, Alphonsus Stoelinga, visited the search and rescue base camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. He went there to offer support. The Under Secretary General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Ann Amos also visited the camp.
The dust had settled in Kathmandu by Tuesday, three full days after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and other regions on April 25. The aftershocks grew less frequent and less severe as the city’s inhabitants grew more accustomed to their sporadic presence. Still, waves of devastation had already rippled into every nook of the metropolis.
Six Dutch people have been brought to safety in Nepal after the earthquake trapped them in an inhospitable area. Among them are Gelderland siblings Stef and Sofie Steffens.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday night that there were about 750 Dutch people in Nepal at the time of the earthquake, based on information from travelers' family and friends and travel companies involved. About 500 of them have been located, which means that there are about 250 whose whereabouts are unknown.
The Dutch Urban Search and Rescue team in Nepal once again searched a number of areas on Wednesday and only found deceased victims. The team also handed the overall coordination to the United Nations.
54 Dutch citizens left Nepal on a Belgian military plane on Tuesday night. The plane took them to New Delhi where they were received by embassy staff, NOS reported. On Wednesday they will fly to Brussels.
Four members of the Dutch Urban Search and Rescue Team started exploring Gorkha on Tuesday. This area is closer to the epicenter of the earthquake, northwest of Kathmandu, the team said in their latest update about the search and rescue mission in Nepal.
A brother and sister from Winssen, Sofie and Stef Steffens, who were missing in Nepal after the massive earthquake that struck the Asian city on Saturday, are alive and awaiting rescue. The siblings' last made contact with their family on the day before the earthquake.
The 11 cooperative aid organizations behind Giro555 have launched a fundraising campaign to help the people affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal. The fundraiser is titled Netherlands helps Nepal.
Ten Dutch citizens left Nepal on Monday and are on their way back to he Netherlands. This is the first group to come back after the Asian country was hit by a massive earthquake on Saturday.
The Dutch team did not find any survivors of the massive earthquake in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Monday, the Urban Search and Rescue team announced in a press release on Tuesday morning.
The Dutch rescue team has arrived in Kathmandu. The team of rescue specialists will help Nepal in the search and rescue mission after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.