Estonian Disaster Relief Team went on a Mission to the South-Asian Disaster Area
Tuesday, October 11 the Government of Estonia dispatched the Estonian Disaster Relief Team (EDRT) to Pakistan to contribute to the rescue and relief work going on in the South-Asian region damaged by the earthquake.
The eighteen-member Estonian team is composed of several units with different functions capable of administering emergency medical help, initial repairs to infrastructure and logistical support in disaster areas. The team is also equipped with a field hospital and additional medical supplies financed from the means allocated for humanitarian aid in the Foreign Ministry’s budget.
The team arrived in Pakistan today morning, October 11. The team’s specific working area will be assigned shortly after the arrival. The length of the mission is twelve days and according to the planned agenda, the team will reside and work from its own base camp.
The Estonian Rescue Board’s chief director, Mati Raidma also joined the team and he will start working in the disaster area as a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team. Estonia is represented in the UNDAC since 2000. In previous years Raidma has taken part of UN missions in Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Yakutia and Georgia.
At the beginning of this year the Estonian Disaster Relief Team worked in Indonesia in the Banda Aceh region.