A powerful earthquake, the country’s worst in 80 years rocked the mountains of Nepal on Saturday (25 April). The quake destroyed homes and centuries –old temples. The nation’s capital of Kathmandu was particularly hard hit. There have been more than 2,500 confirmed deaths and the death toll is expected to rise. Dozens, if not hundreds remain trapped under mounds of rubble. Neighbouring countries of the Pakistan, Tibet and India also felt shocks and reported casualties. (Source

Within 24 hours, Singapore had prepared personnel from MINDEF, SAF, and SCDF to help the Nepalese disaster management authorities and military with the relief efforts. (Source)

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The SG50 Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest stayed back and did what they could to help the others affected at the base camp.

Video shows the avalanche that hit Everest Base Camp after earthquake

As the media carry constant news coverage on the developments on the ground, Singaporean thoughts and prayers were constantly with those affected by the calamity.

Nepalese have been in our society and have contributed significantly to Singapore’s success.

The Gurkhas have supported Singapore through turbulent times like the Indonesian Confrontation, Hock Lee Bus Riots and Maria Hertogh Riots—as well as stood guard over historic events, like the first General Election of Singapore in 1959. (Source)

The Gurkhas dedicated their lives to this nation and continue to do so, despite knowing that their country had just experienced the worst earthquake in the past 80 years.

DPM Teo visited them as soon as possible to brief them on the situation in Nepal.

Loyal and impartial. They took care of us when we needed help.  Its time look we help them in their time of need.

Photos from ground zero here

Gurkha officers stood guard at Key Installations islandwide.

Gurkha officers stood guard at Key Installations islandwide.

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