Peter Blake (Director of Fleet Ops & Former Marine Corps. Harrier pilot) is leading a team of 2 top Skycatch engineers and pilots, Fran Wang and Stephan Brown in Skycatch’s 3rd deployment in Nepal. A fourth rotation deployed this past weekend as the team continues to advance operations to assess the damage and help rebuild Nepal. After enduring 2 calamitous quakes within weeks of one another, Nepal is now on the brink of imminent monsoon rains which will further complicate relief efforts and worsen the current conditions for the people of Nepal. Over 8,000 people have perished, tens of thousands injured, and nearly 3 million now displaced in dire need of immediate shelter, water, and food. Kathmandu is also home to many of UNESCO’s world heritage sites that are now severely damaged and demolished. The Skycatch Relief Team is working with UNESCO, The Department of Archaeology and the Government of Nepal to accelerate mapping operations to support reconstruction efforts, and prepare and preserve world heritage sites before the looming rains hit.
Last week, Peter and Fran performed mission planning for Patan Durbar Square and flew sites such as, the hilltop shrines at Swayambhunath; an ancient temple of the northwest outskirts of Kathmandu, Panauti village, and Boudhanath Stupa. Additionally, our team successfully flew Changu Narayan, considered one of the oldest temples in Nepal where our Director of Eng., David Chen, recently experienced the second 7.3 quake.
Operations will resume today with mission planning at sites per guidance via the government and for Kathmandu Durbar Square.