LOS ANGELES – May 12, 2015 – The USA-2, Medium Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, which is serving on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), was in Kathmandu, Nepal, when a 7.3 magnitude struck the Dolakha District in the Central Region of Nepal.
The U.S. Geological Survey considers this earthquake to be an aftershock following the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. USAID deployed the DART to Nepal on April 25 to coordinate the U.S. government’s response efforts, conduct disaster assessments, and provide search and rescue capabilities. The DART comprises 133 people, including 22 USAID disaster experts, a 54-person USAR team from Fairfax, Virginia, a 57-person USAR team from Los Angeles County, and 12 canines.
After today’s earthquake, all members of DART—including the 57 members of USA-2—are safe and accounted for.
Members of the USAID DART—including its USAR personnel—are conducting aerial assessments of Dolakha and the surrounding areas in coordination with the U.S. military to view the extent of the damage. USAR members of the USAID DART are also on the ground in Dolakha and Kathmandu conducting active search and rescue operations to find survivors. The U.S. military—and other international actors—are transporting injured people to Kathmandu by air, where some are being treated by USAID DART personnel, which include members of Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The DART in Nepal, as well as the Washington-based USAID Response Management Team, continues to track the situation in coordination with U.S. military personnel and U.S. government staff in Kathmandu.
CA-TF2 has partnerships with both the Federal Emergency Management Agency for domestic responses and USAID/OFDA for international missions. The team maintains constant operational readiness for both domestic and international deployments.
For more information on Nepal and how to donate to disaster relief efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/nepal-earthquake or www.cidi.org, or contact the Center for International Disaster Information at 202-821-1999.