An earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The death toll in Nepal has reached 758. According to Firstpost , over 20 people have died in Bihar alone and 133 are injured.

The Indian government is working in full force and has stepped up relief and rescue efforts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation in Nepal.

IB Times

The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, Additional Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra and senior officials from the Government, Indian Meteorological Department and National Disaster Relief Force.

PM Modi has assured Nepal that India will provide absolutely any assistance necessary. He directed immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams, including medical teams to Nepal, as well as, affected areas in India. He also directed that proper arrangements be made for rendering assistance in evacuation of stranded tourists.

As many as four aircrafts, including a C-130 plane carrying three tonnes of relief supplies, and a 40 member rescue team, have been sent into Nepal. The Indian government will also be sending medical teams and mobile hospitals.

The relief supplies include tents and blankets as asked by the Nepalese government. In the meeting chaired by Modi, the message was very strong that “we should do whatever possible to help Nepal”.

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