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US choppers begin Nepal quake reconnaissance flights

A USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015US military helicopters began reconnaissance trips Monday to assess remote areas of Nepal devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 7,300 people, an official said. Four tilt-rotor Ospreys have also arrived in Nepal. The Ospreys and a US Air Force C-17 aircraft touched down in the capital Kathmandu on Sunday. “They are also assisting any casualties in mostly the eastern side of Nepal… places worst hit like Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha area,” Surya Prasad Silwal, the home ministry secretary, told AFP.

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