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Thousands stranded at Kathmandu airport amid delays

Would-be passengers sleep outside the airport overnight.

Thousands of people have crowded into Kathmandu's airport, unable to leave Nepal following the weekend's earthquake.

A number of aid flights - including one from Britain - has been prevented from landing after aftershocks caused the airport to shut several times.

Those on the ground have complained that they are going without food and amenities at the airport as they wait to leave.

One Indian tourist said: "There is nothing to eat or even drink over here. Even if you want to pay money - still there is nothing here.

"It's been two days since we've eaten a meal, there is no place to sleep and it has been raining. We are really upset."

Cameron's children 'know how hard their dad is fighting'

David Cameron has said his children have taken an interest in the General Election and are aware that is it is a tight contest.

The prime minister told ITV's Lorraine Kelly: "They know how close it is, they know how hard their dad is fighting and they are taking quite an interest in it."

David Cameron also praised his wife Samantha for creating such a strong family home. Credit: ITV/Lorraine

Asked about the criticism that his campaign has been lacklustre, Mr Cameron replied: "It's the most maddening thing because I'm so passionate about what I do and about what we have done for the last five years.

"What I'm trying to do is use everything I have got ... to try and get across my message, which is the country is on the right track, we shouldn't put everything at risk."


Affordable homes 'more effective than stamp duty cuts'

Building affordable homes is a better way of solving the housing crisis than reducing stamp duty, said Shelter after Labour proposed abolishing the tax for many first time buyers.

The housing charity's Chief Executive Campbell Robb said:

Thanks to the failure of successive governments, home ownership is at its lowest levels for 30 years, with millions of families and young people priced out and losing out.

While reducing stamp duty may help at the margins, the only way to give generation rent a fighting chance of their own home is to tackle the root causes of our housing crisis by building the affordable homes we desperately need.

– Campbell Robb

Green Party leader 'loses voice' due to too much talking

Natalie Bennett has had to alter her campaigning schedule today after losing her voice due to "too many conversations with voters".

The Green Party leader tweeted:

British rescue team unable to land in earthquake-hit Nepal

A team of UK rescue workers have been delayed in their efforts to aid the crisis in Nepal after they were unable to land in the capital Kathmandu.

Richard Gaisford, Chief Correspondent on ITV's Good Morning Britain, and ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy are aboard the flight, which is carrying more than 60 search and rescue responders.

The flight, chartered by the UK government, has with them more than 11 tonnes of kit, a medical support team, experts from a series of aid agencies and four search and rescue dogs.


Greens 'delighted' at Labour rents cap plan

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has denied Labour stole her thunder, saying she was "delighted" it had announced plans to cap rents in line with inflation.

But she called Ed Miliband's policy, announced the day before her party's plan to do the same, a "watered down" version, stressing the Greens had a different approach to housing.

She told BBC Breakfast:

We need to move away from thinking of homes primarily as financial assets and go back to thinking they are safe places for people to live.

– Natalie Bennett

The Greens would also abolish right to buy, she said, and build 500,000 social homes on brownfield sites over the course of the next parliament.

Video shows man's rescue from Kathmandu rubble

Footage released by Chinese state media shows the moment rescue workers pulled a man trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building.

The Chinese rescue team found the man in the ruins of a six-storey building in Kathmandu, according to CCTV.

The middle-aged man was freed after three hours of non-stop efforts from the team, who used hydraulic equipment to cut through steel parts trapping his arm.

Rescuers are still picking up signs of life among the debris in the Nepalese capital, and locals cheered and clapped during the man's rescue.

Urgent appeal for Bristol climber missing since avalanche

The family and friends of a British climber missing since a powerful earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest have launched an urgent appeal for help in tracking him down.

The family of Samuel Bond, aged 28, from Bristol, told ITV News that they last heard from him on Wednesday, as he headed for base camp with friends Eric Schuyler and Toni Perry.

But nobody has heard from any of the trio since the 7.9 magnitude quake struck the country on Saturday.

The death toll from the devastating earthquake has now topped 3,200 - including at least 17 people on the mountain.

Footage 'shows Everest climbers brought to safety'

A Danish climber has posted footage to Facebook which is said to show climbers being brought down to safety at Everest base camp today.

A few hours after posting the video on his Facebook page, Carsten Lillelund Pedersen wrote: "My fellow climbers and Sherpas are being rescued down from Camp 1 and they are doing fine".

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