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May 27, 2015 – Baluwa, Nepal
Media Sources along with CMAT logistics resources have all reported that a river in northwestern Nepal has been blocked by a landslide, causing the formation of an artifical lake approximately 2 km long. Villages downstream are being evacuated, in case the landslide gives way. CMAT can confirm that Team 2 is working in a village which is several hundred kilometres to the east of this site, and remains safe.
Team 2 has been busy treating basic primary care issues in Baluwa and trekking to surrounding villages to follow up on some more serious cases, but the need there is quickly returning to pre-earthquake levels. The Health Cluster in Gorkha this week has also indicated that a particular neighbouring region was seeing a small surge of patients, and so CMAT sent a small strike team to this region to meet with the District Health representative. Pending confirmation, CMAT will be transitioning to this new area to assist in the surge capacity.
CMAT Medical team 3 deployed earlier today to Nepal from Vancouver and Toronto. Team 3 team members include:
CMAT would like to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to all our donors and corporate/ organizational sponsors for helping make this deployment such a success.
May 20, 2015 – Canadian Medical Assistance Teams’ second team of medical volunteers recently arrived to begin their rotation in Baluwa, Nepal, relieving outgoing team 1 members returning to Canada.
CMAT has been working in the earthquake-affected region for just over 3 weeks now. Monsoon season is rapidly arriving, and the team is seeing more and more rain throughout the day. These rains affect not only the work the team is doing, but also accessibility to the remote region. Volunteers continue to trek up steep hillsides to villages, in order to follow up on patients needing medical care.
CMAT’s Team 2 members include:
May 12, 2015 – Baluwa, Nepal – CMAT Team 1 was sound asleep when another major quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale shook them awake at 3:00 this morning. All team members are safe and accounted for, and there have not been any reports of injuries or deaths in the immediate vicinity. Virtually no one in the local communities remains in their homes as they are either all demolished or in severe disrepair. Families are sleeping under tarps or in the open.
Several teams have arrived into the area to help with the rebuilding process, and Nepali soldiers were reconstructing the school building adjacent to CMAT’s camp.
CMAT medical teams continue to see dozens of patients each day, and on one of the mobile medical clinics conducted in a high mountain village, team members intervened to help save the life of a small child who had been suffering acute diahrrea. After stabilizing the child and providing hydration, a helicopter was brought in to medi-evac the child to a centre which could provide a higher level of care.
CMAT Medical team 2 is preparing to deploy to Nepal this coming weekend, and CMAT continues to rely on its generous donors for support. Donations can be made at at CanadaHelps, and any donations made by May 25th will be eligible to be matched by the Canadian government.