U.S. military rescuers end operations after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, (AP): Officials say 300 U.S. Marine, Army, Air Force and Navy personnel involved in rescue operations in Nepal since a major earthquake struck last month have concluded their work.
Commander of the U.S. joint task force in Nepal Lt. Gen. John Wissler said the operations ended Wednesday and they will begin leaving Nepal, where they brought in helicopters and other aircraft to assist in rescue and relief.
:: In this May 12, 2015 photo provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue team memebrs work to recover survivors from a four-story building that collapsed in this week’s earthquake in Singati, a mountain village in Nepal. Tuesday’s temblor was an aftershock to the April 25 main Gorkha earthquake that’s killed more than 8,000 people. The Disaster Assistance Response Team included 57 urban search and rescuers each from Los Angeles County and Fairfax County, Va. (Kashish Das/USAID/via AP).
Powerful earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed at least 8,622 people.
A U.S. Marines UH-1 “Huey” helicopter crashed last week while on a rescue mission in the mountains, killing six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers.
:: A U.S. rescue team searches for a young boy who is believed to be trapped under the rubble of a house that collapsed following a second major earthquake May 12, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Jonas Gratzer / Getty Images)