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Rescue center established at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

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Pokhara: Nepal Annapurna ICT Rescue Center has been established at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) aiming at enhancing the security of climbers and trekkers. The rescue center has been established at the base camp, which is 3,900meter high from the sea level. KT Corporation of South Korea, Um Hong Gil Human Foundation, and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) signed an agreement in Pokhara to operate the rescue center at the base camp.

The president of NMA, Mr. Santabir Lama said that the ICT Rescue Center will ease the process of rescuing climbers and trekkers in the region and also help the trekkers who are on the way to ABC. He also said that the use of technology will help to reduce the death of the lost mountaineers in the mountain.

“Now the helicopters can be sent only after tracking the location of the lost mountaineers. The center will give mountaineers a device, which helps to track the location of the lost climbers. The tracking devices that are connected with drones will be used for rescue purpose. The drone can also identify if the climber is dead. The drone tracks the temperature of humans to know the state of the lost climbers. The drone, which can carry a load of up to seven kilograms, also supplies necessary medicines and food supplies during the rescue process.”- He added.

According to Jong Jin Yoon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of KT Corporation, the rescue center has been established as a part of the company’s CSR activities. “A total of 172 climbers have died in the Annapurna region in the last seven years. The technology at the rescue center will help to save the lives of lost climbers,”- Yoon said.

Hong Gill, Executive Director at Hong Gil Human Foundation, said that the number of climbers will increase with the establishment of the rescue center.

Source: The Republica