California sends 57 search and rescue experts to Nepal

Apr 27, 2015 2:17 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is sending 57 urban search and rescue experts to Nepal to help find people buried under rubble after Saturday's massive earthquake.

Officials say the team flew out of March Air Force Base late Sunday and is expected to arrive in Kathmandu Monday.

Governments and aid agencies are rushing aid workers to Nepal as access to the Himalayan nation eases up. They're hoping to get to the scene of the quake as quickly as possible to find those still alive.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says the team of Los Angeles County firefighters will bring six search dogs and an array of tools, including heavy concrete cutting equipment, search cameras and sonar to locate victims.

The death toll from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake has soared past 3,000.


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