DHL infographic outlines integrator's disaster response in Nepal

DHL infographic outlines integrator's disaster response in Nepal

May 28, 2015

Deutsche Post DHL Group has wrapped up its disaster response team deployment in Kathmandu, Nepal, just over a month since the first earthquake devastated large parts of the mountain nation. The infographic summarizes the activities and challenges onsite by the logistics company.

Activated by a request from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the disaster response team worked closely with Nepalese authorities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), numerous governments, aid agencies and NGOs to improve logistics operations at the Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport, with one of its first jobs being to clean up the congested tarmac area of relief supplies.

The disaster response falls under DHL Group's GoHelp initiative, a corporate responsibility program that focuses on disaster management. This GoHelp initiative comprises the "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" program and natural disaster response. In a partnership with the United Nations (UN) since 2005, DHL Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees free-of-charge.

As a landlocked country, an aviation response was crucial to the aid effort. The aircraft charter industry has been busy trying to help the survivors with relief goods and search and rescue teams, and aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has already completed more than 50 charter flights into and out of Kathmandu, with more booked over the coming weeks.