China sends record military personnel numbers to Nepal

BEIJING, May 8: China has sent a total of 1,088 military personnel and members ofarmed police forces to help with disaster relief in Nepal after the earthquake on April 25, asenior military source said on Thursday.

That is the biggest group the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police forces havesent to foreign soil for humanitarian aid missions since New China was founded in 1949,said Zheng Weibo, director of the emergency response office of the PLA's General StaffHeadquarters, at a press conference.

As of Thursday, the PLA Air Force had deployed eight transport planes to carry a total of416 tonnes of relief supplies to Nepal. The Chinese army has also sent three helicoptersand 190 pieces of engineering machinery.

On the ground, Chinese medical and rescue teams have rescued two survivors andtransferred 22 locals who were stranded by the quake to safe places. They have alsotreated 2,387 people.

The PLA and armed police forces have also mobilized more than 6,000 members orpersonnel to Tibet Autonomous Region, which was also affected by the quake, according toZheng

The officer said the Chinese army would continue to send relief supplies to Nepal andintensify decontamination and medical services to prevent disease. (Source: Xinhua)

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