DHL extends DRT deployment

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) has extended its deployment until end- May after another heavy earthquake hit the region on 12 May, causing additional devastation to the area.


DHL extends DRT deployment


Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) has extended its deployment until end- May after another heavy earthquake hit the region on 12 May, causing additional devastation to the area. The DRT will continue to play a critical role in ensuring the Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) remains operational. The DRT was deployed less than 48 hours after the first earthquake struck on 25 April. As the country’s only international airport in a landlocked country, the airport is the main gateway for the international aid community to send relief goods into Nepal.

The 18-strong team of volunteers from DHL, all logistics experts and trained in disaster management, were deployed in three waves and tasked with improving logistics operations at KTM for incoming relief supplies. Over the last three weeks, the DRT handled over 2,000 tonnes of incoming relief supplies, sorting and moving goods with limited equipment into centralised airside warehouses run by the United Nations World Food Programme for further distribution by international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The airport has one runway servicing both passenger and cargo aircraft, and can process nine aircraft at a time, with a 196 tonne cargo weight restriction per plane. The airport’s capacity, coupled with a current lack of equipment and resources in the currently very demanding situation, are huge factors impacting the speed of delivery of relief goods to those in need.