((Photo: AP/Manish Swarup)

((Photo: AP/Manish Swarup)

By Times of Israel Staff and AP - April 30, 2015

Originally appeared here in The Times of Israel 

Israel’s field hospital in earthquake-hit Nepal began operating Wednesday morning, with staff treating nearly 100 patients and delivering their first baby — a boy — on the first day, according to an IDF spokesperson

Among the patients were some 30 Israeli nationals. Most were suffering from dehydration and were soon released to their hotels.

Over 250 doctors and rescue personnel were part of an IDF delegation that landed Tuesday in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, in the wake of Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated large swaths of the mountainous country, killing at least 5,000 and leaving some 8,000 wounded and tens of thousands seeking shelter and food.

The Israeli group set up the field hospital with 60 beds, including an obstetrics department, and was operating in coordination with the local army hospital.

Of 2,000 Israelis who were in the country when the natural disaster hit, only one remains unaccounted for, even as some were still stranded in far-flung areas of the country, awaiting rescue. Read More