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Australian Defence Force responds to the disaster in Nepal

Responding to the Nepal disaster - the Australian Defence Force steps up. "

Nepal was struck by 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 and has experienced several severe aftershocks since. 

In response to severe devastation, the United Nations released $15 million through its Central Emergency Response Fund to assist with the aid and rescue efforts. The UN estimates over 3,300 people have been killed and around 6,000 injured in Nepal and neighbouring countries.

The workers are still unable to access areas closer to the epicentre of the earthquake and it is expected the toll is going to rise as they approach districts areas closer to the quake's epicentre. A total of eight million people have been affected. 

The Australian Defence Force has also announced that it is going to support the Australian government's efforts led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)  to provide disaster relief to the Asian country under Operation Nepal Assist.

The defence force is providing a the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to deliver humanitarian aid. The aircraft will also be used to evacuate Australian citizens and other approved foreign nationals from Kathmandu to Bangkok. Defence personnel have been assigned to the operation and will accompany DFAT staff in Kathmandu to provide support.

The C-17A will depart from RAAF Base Amberley. The exact details of the departure timings will be confirmed based on the availability of airport access in Kathmandu.

A statement released by the department said the ADF is on stand by to provide any extra support as directed by the Australian Government.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering as a result of this earthquake," the department added. 

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