Aid pledges pour in for Nepal as rescue mission intensifies (dpa German Press Agency)

Kathmandu (dpa) – Governments and international humanitarian groups pledged aid for Nepal after the devastating earthquake at the weekend.

India, which shares close political and cultural ties with Nepal, sent 43 tons of relief materials, including tents and food, along with 200 personnel. It also sent helicopters to assist with rescue missions.

Norway has announced some 4 million dollars for the relief and rescue efforts. A 76-strong Swedish rescue team with 12 sniffer dogs will arrive in Nepal on Tuesday. A plan e with heavier equipment and a mobile camp will follow, the Nordic country said.

The US government pledged support of 1 million dollars, and sent a national disaster rescue team to the area. China is sending a 62-member search team, along with six dogs.

Pakistan was sending relief materials, including equipment for hospitals, as well as health workers.

Medecins Sans Frontieres was sending 3,000 medical kits.

Google has announced 1 million dollars for the rescue fund.

The Nepal government has set up 15 informal camps in the capital for those displaced by the earthquake.

Hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overcrowded, with medical supplies and blood banks reportedly running low. There was also limited space in the morgues.

The Association of South-East Asian Nations expressed readiness to provide assistance to the victims. ASEAN is comprised of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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