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Nepal earthquake aid efforts: Trying to beat the backlog

Physically getting that large amount of aid into the country is still not complete.

But crucially the dogs are here, so they will be able to be sent out immediately to try and trace if there is anybody still in the wreckage.

Tomorrow, the bulk of the aid will arrive in Kathmandu and then the challenge will be to get it out to the most vulnerable areas.

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International rescue team arrives in Kathmandu

A plane carrying a team of international search and rescue workers has arrived in Kathmandu, ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports.

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2.3 million US birds could be infected with bird flu

Initial tests have found probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on four commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting nearly 2.3 million birds, the state's agriculture department said.

Additional tests are pending to confirm the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N2, agency officials said. Initial positive tests for H5 avian influenza were found in a commercial egg-laying farm with an estimated 1.7 million birds in Sioux County; a 250,000 pullet farm in Osceola County; and in two commercial egg-laying operations in O'Brien County, with a total of 338,000 birds, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said.

Nepal earthquake: RAF plane loaded with vital aid

An RAF C-17 aircraft has been loaded with aid supplies - including more than 1,100 shelter kits and 1,700 solar lanterns - as the government prepares to send vital aid supplies to Nepal.

The supplies will help homeless families who have been forced to sleep outside in the increasingly wet weather, the Department for International Development said.

Earlier, Justine Greening, the international development secretary, said the UK would play a "leading role" in helping relief efforts in the country following Saturday's earthquake, which has killed more than 4,000 people.

The shelter kit includes items to keep homeless families sheltered. Credit: Steve Lympany/MOD
Workers are seen loading the RAF jet with the aid. Credit: Steve Lympany/MOD
The British government has promised a 'swift and effective' response to the disaster. Credit: Steve Lympany/MOD

Rescue effort to reach stranded Everest mountaineers

There is a race against time to rescue stranded mountaineers on Mount Everest trapped by an avalanche triggered by the Nepalese earthquake.

Around 100 people, some Britons, are stuck high up on the mountainside cut off from base camp. At least 18 people were killed on the mountain.

ITV News Reporter Rebecca Barry reports:

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