Amidst the sadness with memories of the 100th centenary of the landing at Gallipoli, the disaster we couldn’t even imagine in Nepal and nearby Kathmandu, a friend sent me this link.
Courtesy of the Internet, a Lilac-Breasted Roller Bird.
Looking at those feathers, the tiny feet hanging on, clear eyes, and tail feathers for balance in the air and wind, I can find some joy in our world.
A team of USAR ( Urban Search and Rescue) personnel is leaving from New Zealand Sunday night for Nepal , flying to Singapore then on to Kathmandu. Supplies were gathered at the Auckland City Fire Station, before being loaded onto a commercial flight. The 37-strong team come from Auckland,Palmerston North and Canterbury.
Details below, and photos, courtesy of the Internet.
New Zealand is one 22 countries sending teams to help with urban search and rescue efforts.
Teams from India, Pakistan, the United States, China and Israel are already on the ground there. The 37 member team was drawn from New Zealand Fire Service members in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch. The personnel going to Nepal have specific expertise in rubble pile rescue, and the technical rescue experts will be supported by paramedics, a doctor, a structural engineer, logistics personnel, a command and control element, and a Ministry of foreign affairs and trade liaison officer.
The team will be self-sufficient with 12 tonnes of equipment, including food, water, power and rescue equipment.
Cooper said USAR just last month received its international accreditation, allowing it to operate overseas.
Update today, Tuesday 28th April.........
The Urban Search and Rescue (Usar) team, which had been stood down overnight, could go in future but New Zealand would be guided by the Nepalese authorities.
The decision was made to stand the team down after the Nepalese "with the benefit of reflection ... decided they couldn't absorb more capacity right then".
The airport was seriously congested and four flights from India had been turned back because they couldn't get down.
"We completely understand the Nepalese Government's decision and based on our own experience of managing the Christchurch earthquakes, we know that dealing with international offers of assistance can be fast moving and needs can change rapidly."
I am glad that our small country can contribute in such a practical way to help those in Nepal, Kathmandu and other areas where help is needed so much.