It’s been 4 weeks since the first quake struck and we deployed our first team of expert drone pilots for immediate aerial & ground support. With operations still underway, we’ve established strong relationships with the Department of Archaeology, government organizations, and nonprofits, such as UNESCO & World Bank, to adhere to necessary protocol and complete the following missions:
- Secured all mandatory documents and legal authorization for permit to operate
- Built and deployed 10 customized Skycatch Relief drones
- Prioritized schools and hospitals as high priority zones for immediate mapping to determine damage and habitability of structures as part of search and rescue efforts
- Provided public access through our Skycatch Relief Dashboard to hi-res maps for 11 separate sites impacted by the quakes
- Boudhanath – largest Stupa in Nepal
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Kirtipur City
- National Trauma Center
- Vaishali Hotel
- KTM Model Hospital
- Produced 3D models for all successfully flown sites
- Trained pilots on Skycatch Relief drones and dashboard
- Performed damage assessment and provided data & documentation for several World Heritage sites for UNESCO to utilize in preservation and rebuilding efforts
- Collaborated with local volunteers for logistics planning in hardest hit areas throughout Kathmandu
This week, Skycatch CEO, Christian Sanz, and 3 teammates joined our Relief Team to determine how Skycatch will continue to support relief efforts in the most impactful way.
Today, Randall Cohen, Skycatch UAV pilot, completed a successful map of World Heritage site, Patan Square.
Tomorrow, a small team will continue delivery aid efforts and mapping operations in KTM. Sanz and a few teammates will embark on a 5 hour drive & trek to remote villages to deliver emergency bedding and blankets, and travel throughout the KTM valley to provide raincoats and mylar blankets to Himalayan doctors and displaced victims.
Sanz will continue in-person conversations and meetings with UNESCO and DoA so the team can obtain permanent and legal access to fly throughout Nepal. More updates on this to be announced this week.
The team is committed to aid in recovery and reconstruction efforts as the country braces for imminent rains and dismal living conditions ahead.
Skycatch Relief has partnered with Bright Funds to help raise funds to help rebuild Nepal. Click here to learn more and show your support.