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Second Chinese government medical team departs for Nepal

Updated: Apr 30,2015 8:16 AM     Xinhua

KUNMING — A 59-member medical team left Kunming city, Yunnan province, for Nepal on the afternoon of April 29 to join relief efforts.

It was the second government medical team sent by China to Nepal after the 8.1-magnitude earthquake on April 25.

The group includes experts in public hygiene, infectious diseases, traumatology, orthopaedics and emergency treatment, all from Yunnan province.

“More than 80 percent of our team members have earthquake-relief experience,” said Lu Lin, team head. They are able to carry out relief efforts even without water or electricity.

On April 27, the first medical team sent by China from Sichuan province arrived in Nepal. As of April 28, it had treated 83 people.

The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has climbed to more than 5,000 people, according to reports.

The death toll in China’s Tibet autonomous region from the quake has risen to 25.