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Nepal earthquake: India's aid to Nepal named 'Operation Maitri'

Fourth IAF plane brings back 237 more IndiansNEW DELHI: The Indian Army has named the aid to Nepal 'Operation Maitri' or friendship, a day after it started extending help to the neighbouring country that was hit by a massive earthquake just before noon on Saturday, leaving a trail of death and destruction.

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In addition to the specialist teams of its National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India has already moved large amounts of relief material to the Himalayan kingdom, besides its Air Force moving essential supplies to Nepal and flying back over 500 of its stranded citizens from its capital Kathmandu since late Saturday.

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"India is moving in massive amount of rescue and relief material, equipment and specialists the second day (Sunday)," said Sitanshu Kar, the spokesperson for the defence ministry.

Excavator digs the rubble to search for the bodies after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters photo)

"Ten flights are planned for Kathmandu today (Sunday). These would be airlifting army's forward hospitals, engineering task forces, water, food, National Disaster Response Force teams, medical personnel and equipment, blankets and tents."

Members of NDRF prepare relief materials to be airlifted to Nepal to provide assistance to victims of a devastating earthquake. (AFP photo)

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