Women view devastation from the earthquake in Nepal. Photo courtesy USAID
Women view devastation from the earthquake in Nepal. Photo courtesy USAID

A team of Scripps Health doctors, nurses and support staff is scheduled to depart Friday for earthquake-ravaged Nepal for a stay of around three weeks.

The five-member contingent will work for the International Medical Corps in a mobile field hospital, according to Scripps Health.

The Himalayan nation was struck by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck on Saturday — last Friday night in San Diego — near the capital of Kathmandu. The death toll has climbed past 6,100 and could end up much higher, authorities said.

Scripps previously sent teams to the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina and to Haiti following the earthquake there.

Three San Diego-based relief agencies are also providing help for victims of the quake in Nepal.

International Relief Teams said its first shipment of antibiotics, analgesics, bandages and dressings was delivered Thursday, with another shipment scheduled for next week.

The Rescue Task Force is providing support to the work of volunteers in Asia who made their way to the region.

Restore International has started a relief fund for victims of the earthquake. The organization runs an orphanage for girls in Kathmandu and reported that its kids were safe.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.