Nepal earthquake damage as seen from a drone

Video taken from a drone flying over the damage from the Nepal earthquake.  A drone flew over parts of Kathmandu to show the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal.

Drones are being used for the search and rescue effort. For example, according to Discovery News, Ontario-based Aeryon Labs dispatched three drone aircraft to Kathmandu to work with first-responders at GlobalMedic, a non-profit that provides drinking water and shelter to disaster victims.

“You can send them into areas that are inaccessible,” said GlobalMedic executive director Rajul Singh. “If I can’t get past the road I can put the UAV up there to see if anyone is there that needs my help. There are not enough helicopters in Nepal right now, and they shouldn’t be taking pictures, they should be flying aid.”

The Aeryon drones being sent to Nepal are equipped with thermal cameras to help locate survivors by detecting body heat, as well as the company’s newest digital zoom camera that can see the details of human faces at 1,000 feet away. The team will also undertake aerial mapping of the affected areas, building 2-D and 3-D maps, for disaster teams.

Video credit: Published on Apr 27, 2015
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