MSF Sending Medical, Non-Medical Teams to Assist Victims of Nepal Earthquake

Nabin Pun, a Maoist rebel soldier of the People's Liberation Army, raises the communist flag from a tree above the village of Rukumkot, Nepal on Friday, 11 February 2005.
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The international medical humanitarian medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending four teams of medical and non-medical staff to Nepal to assist those affected by the earthquake. The teams will leave from Bihar state in India, which is close to the border with Nepal and where MSF has been working since 2007.

MSF will also send 3000 kits non-food items and medical kits to Nepal.

A 7.8-magnitute earthquake shook the Kathmandu Valley before noon on Saturday. Although the extent of the damages is still unknown, houses and buildings collapsed in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, and upwards of 1,000 people are feared dead. Tremors were also strongly felt in northern India, in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh