Arriving at Laban Rata, Ms Dumlao saw uniformed rescuers milling around the “chaotic scene”.
“They were looking rather lost really, and it was the mountain guides who did most of the work attending to the injured, strapping people into stretchers, getting ready to take them down the mountain,” she said.
“The whole government emergency response was a farce.”
She said the effort appeared disorganised, and without helicopters, the rescue officers were of little help, stuck on foot and five hours away from the mountain’s peak.
“They congregated in groups occupying resting spaces, sharing smokes and food that were meant for survivors,” she said.
“A convenient helipad remain unused when they could have transported rescuers to the foot of the peaks. Instead “rescuers” arrived at 4:00pm, nine hours after the earthquake struck, on foot, much too tired to be of help.”
Ms Dumlao said many more people could have been helped, and deaths may have been prevented, had helicopters landed in Laban Rata.
“If the helicopters had delivered some help earlier and landed in the helipad at Laban Rata, they may certainly have been able to attend to any injured people quite sooner,” she said.
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