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UKISAR team in Chautara, Nepal | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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UKISAR team in Chautara, Nepal

The UK's International Search and Rescue team go to work in Chautara, Sindhupalchok District – north east of Kathmandu, Nepal.


They are the first search and rescue team to reach the earthquake-hit district, searching for survivors and providing medical support on the scene.


The team works with specially trained dogs that are taught to track down human scent. When the dogs find someone alive under the rubble, their bark or body language lets their trainers know.


Each dog handler sticks with their own dogs – with whom they've built up a special trust. The dogs have to be quick-witted and love to chase toys, as that's how they are trained to do the job in times of emergency.


The specialist team is drawn from 15 different fire and rescue services from across the UK.




On 25 April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country, killing more than 5000 people, and injuring thousands more.


The UK is responding to Nepal's request for international help, sending search and rescue teams, emergency medics and logistical support.


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Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID


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Uploaded on April 29, 2015