Up to three Royal Air Force Chinooks are being deployed to Nepal to assist in emergency efforts following the earthquake that struck the country which has left 14,000 people injured and countless homes destroyed. Two of the aircraft have already departed via a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo plane. A third example is set to depart in the next few days.
The aircraft are being deployed following an official request from the Nepalese government for more aircraft to assist in rescue efforts. Nepal’s geography means that helicopters are the fastest way to reach those cut off following the disaster who are in desperate need of medical and humanitarian aid. The capabilities offered by the Chinook will be a definite advantage.
The UK has already donated £2.5 million to the humanitarian effort.