CMAT Emergency Alert: Nepal Earthquake – Update #7

May 30, 2015 – Takukot, Nepal –  With special thanks for this contribution to Jill Allison, Logistician with Team 3!   “Long journey from Kathmandu to Takukot in Gorkha district. We drove for ten hours on roads that grew ever narrower, on steeper cliffs and higher up the mountainside. We passed through villages where nearly […]

CMAT Emergency Alert: Nepal Earthquake – Update #6

May 27, 2015 – Baluwa, Nepal Media Sources along with CMAT logistics resources have all reported that a river in northwestern Nepal has been blocked by a landslide, causing the formation of an artifical lake approximately 2 km long.  Villages downstream are being evacuated, in case the landslide gives way.  CMAT can confirm that Team […]

CMAT Emergency Alert: Nepal Earthquake – Update #5

May 20, 2015 – Canadian Medical Assistance Teams’ second team of medical volunteers recently arrived to begin their rotation in Baluwa, Nepal, relieving outgoing team 1 members returning to Canada. CMAT has been working in the earthquake-affected region for just over 3 weeks now. Monsoon season is rapidly arriving, and the team is seeing more […]

CMAT Emergency Alert – Earthquake in Nepal Update #4

May 12, 2015 – Baluwa, Nepal  –  CMAT Team 1 was sound asleep when another major quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale shook them awake at 3:00 this morning. All team members are safe and accounted for, and there have not been any reports of injuries or deaths in the immediate vicinity. Virtually no […]

CMAT Emergency Alert – Earthquake in Nepal Update #3

Thursday May 7, 2015: CMAT Team 1 arrived in Nepal early late Sunday night, and got on the road in the early morning hours of Monday, heading for the town of Gorkha, approximately 7 to 8 hours drive northwest from Kathmandu.  Having established a solid working relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) – led […]

CMAT Team 1 departs for Nepal

  Saturday May 2, 2015: The CMAT Assessment team conducted an assessment of the devastated region of Gorkha early Saturday morning, and completed a survey of the city, as well as several rural villages in the environs. The devastation in the region was nearly total, as homes and businesses could not withstand the power of […]

CMAT Assessment, K9 and USAR Teams departing; PRELIMINARY call for volunteers and Appeal for donations

UPDATED 23:00 ET EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORMVANCOUVER – CMAT will be deploying its initial disaster assessment team in collaboration with members a British Columbia Canine and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team on Monday, to respond to the earthquake which devastated Nepal early yesterday morning. An emergency appeal for donations has been launched on CanadaHelps.org […]

EMERGENCY ALERT: Earthquake in Nepal

April 25, 2015: Kathmandu, Nepal – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal earlier today, killing thousands, and injuring thousands more. It is being recorded as the worst earthquake to hit the country in more than 80 years*, and the death toll continues to rise. The quake cut off power and […]

CMAT reflects on the decade since the Tsunami

    10 years ago today, many of us woke to news of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean, taking with it 230,000 lives, and affecting 14 nations. The response to this disaster was unprecedented, and gave rise to a new culture of international humanitarianism. The grassroots of Canadian Medical Assistance […]

CMAT to collaborate with Oplan Kalusugan in The Philippines

  May 11, 2014 – Toronto, ON. Earlier today, CMAT Executive Director Valerie Rzepka, and Director of Communications Kate Auger boarded a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Manila.  After reviewing a project proposal called Oplan Kalusugan, submitted by a group of volunteers who have run other projects in the region, Valerie and Kate hope to collaborate […]