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Nepal my 2nd home, says IsraAID mission head

A second IsraAID team of 15 search and rescue specialists boards a plane to Nepal, as the advance emergency relief team is already on the ground there coordinating with the Nepalese and other foreign governments as well as Israel, UN agencies, and the International Aid Agencies.

“I can’t believe it, Nepal is like my second home – I fear thousands of bodies are still buried under the rubble in villages. It’s like a huge bomb went off here,” says Yotam Polizer, IsraAID’s head of mission and IsraAID Asia director, who previously spent 3.5 years working in Nepal, and has led emergency missions in Japan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and most recently Vanuatu.

The team met today with commander Thapa, head of the Special Forces of the Nepalese army, who expressed his appreciation for IsraAID’s expertise and guidance and requested support in the recovery of dead bodies in Kathmandu and neighboring villages and in trying to find more survivors.

Yotam Polizer, IsraAID's Head of Mission and IsraAID Asia Director, speaks with a Nepalese army official, in a picture released by IsraAID on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (Photo credit: Courtesy IsraAID)
Yotam Polizer, IsraAID’s Head of Mission and IsraAID Asia Director, speaks with a Nepalese army official, in a picture released by IsraAID on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (Photo credit: Courtesy IsraAID)
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