In light of the devastating earthquake which left over 5,000 dead in Nepal, several organizations and individuals from Pune city have come together to gather funds for the affected victims.
Nepali students have collaborated with other students and started a movement to collect funds to be sent home. Pace Youth - an organization started by them has joined hands with I-Care initiative - another students' movement and they will be collecting monetary donations as well as items such as clothes, bedding, etc. The movement also has a Facebook group through which they are getting lots of support.
Ajay Gautam, president of Pace Youth, said, "Some airlines have shown interest in flying materials such as clothes, bedding, etc to Nepal free of charge. We are thinking of taking them up on their offer."
Apart from students, doctors from Aundh Civil Hospital and a few more regions will fly out to Nepal carrying drugs and surgical equipments to render services to the affected areas. The teams, comprising orthopaedic surgeons, general surgeons, physicians, anesthetics and pharmacists, will carry out medical relief work.
Surgeon Nitin Bilolikar, part of the team from the Aundh Civil hospital said that, "The rescue and relief work will at least another 10 to 15 days. That means we will have to work round-the-clock in adverse conditions. Usually, people buried under debris of concrete houses and buildings are difficult to dig out. We will have to conduct on-the-spot dressing, suturing of wounds and even surgeries. Fracture, blunt and lacerated injuries are more commonly seen in building collapses and accordingly we will be carrying splints for treating fractures, dressing material and surgical paraphernalia."
Nepal has been receiving international aid as well. Many citizens from Pune have also come forward to contribute their bit.