Nepal, Earthquake (2015)
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The epicentre of the earthquake was situated at 80km east of Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara. Areas in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal were also hit by the powerful quake. Across the city, rescuers scrabbled through the rubble of destroyed buildings, among them ancient, wooden hindu temples looking for survivors. (Source: Channel News Asia)
A 60-member Operation Lionheart contingent was deployed to Nepal on 26 April 2015 in support of Nepal’s disaster relief efforts. The contingent led by LTC Alvin Tan, was part of a larger Home Team Contingent comprising 60 SCDF officers and 66 Singapore Police Force officers. The deployment was the Home Team’s largest ever for an overseas disaster relief operation.
Over the course of their deployment, the Home Team Contingent conducted search & rescue operations, assisted in the heli-evacuation of casualties, rendered medical assistance, and provided humanitarian aid.
The contingent concluded its mission on 7 May as Nepal entered into the recovery phase.
Before their departure from Nepal, the contingent transferred its remaining stock of medical supplies, including dressings, bandages and medicines, to the Singapore Red Cross team in Nepal. In addition, the humanitarian aid supplies were transferred to local networks to be distributed to Nepalese people in need.