U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster departed Joint Base Charleston, S.C. for California to pick up 57 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2. The Air Force pilots then flew those firefighters to Katmandu to aid in the Nepal earthquake recovery.
On Monday, another C-17 arrived at at Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu. That flight transported about 50 members of the Fairfax County, Va., Urban Search and Rescue Team and a Disaster Assistance Response Team from the U.S. Agency For International Development.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. two Army Special Forces teams, totaling about 26 members, were already in Nepal on joint training exercises and were now assisting the Nepalese Army in rescue and relief efforts.
Warren also noted that there were also Special Forces soldiers aiding rescue efforts for climbers on Mount Everest who were stranded at base camps by an avalanche triggered by the earthquake, Warren said.
Jeff Rathke, U.S. State Department, spokesman told reporters that there was confirmation of four U.S. citizens being killed by the earthquake. Unfortunately, Rathke felt that the U.S. death toll was expected to rise.
Besides aid in the form of manpower, the United States $9 million more in aid on top of the $1 million previously pledged.
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