Rappler Talk: Helping Nepal
MANILA, Philippines – The 7-member Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) team sent to help victims of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal is back in the country.
What lessons from Nepal can help fine-tune local disaster plans in case an earthquake of similar magnitude hits Metro Manila and other vulnerable parts of the country?
Rappler talks to Mon Santiago, head of the Philippine contingent, and
Kristina Karla Fronda, the only woman among the rescuers.
The team had been previously deployed to help in rescue operations following the 2013 earthquake in Bohol and Negros Oriental.
The trained MMDA rescuers were in Nepal from May 2 until May 12, the day a new earthquake and several powerful aftershocks hit the devastated country.
The recent 7.3-magnitude quake struck at 12:35 pm on May 12, some 76 kilometers (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, the US Geological Survey said, more than two weeks after the 7.8-magnitude quake that killed more than 8,000 people.
The deployment of the rescue team was also meant to reciprocate the international community's assistance after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a massive trail of destruction across Central Philippines in 2013. – Rappler.com
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