In the article (TNT, 4-28) concerning the terrible tragedy of the earthquake in Nepal, the financial minister of Nepal was quoted as saying, “All of our helicopters are occupied with rescue, so it is difficult to fly the relief materials to the remote areas.” That is indeed a very sad situation.
In the very same article, it is reported that International Mountain Guides of Ashford has used helicopters to successfully evacuate all 25 climbers and 33 sherpas who were stranded on the mountain after the avalanches. The article then reported that the company would be sending its helicopters back up the mountain “to recover its gear.”
I very thankful that all climbers and sherpas were rescued, but have we really become a nation where mountain-climbing gear is more important than getting life-saving food, water and other necessities to the people of Nepal who live in remote areas? Couldn't the helicopters have been put to better use?