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Aid agencies to make television appeal for Nepal funds

Leading UK aid agencies are to make a television appeal to raise funds for the disaster relief efforts in Nepal following Saturday's earthquake.

Joanna Lumley will front the advert. Credit: PA Wire

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal will be screened on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky tomorrow.

Actress Joanna Lumley will front the advert and she said she had been left "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

The death toll has surpassed 4,000, with officials warning it could rise further as rescue teams reach more remote areas.

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Queen writes to Nepali president after devastating quake

The Queen has written to the president of Nepal to express her sadness at the deaths of more than 3,700 people following Saturday's devastating earthquake.

The Queen said she was "shocked to hear of the appalling loss of life and injuries". "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this disaster and with t hose bereaved and affected," the message said.

Her Majesty's message comes as volunteers and rescue teams from the UK begin the search for survivors in affected areas.

Miliband struggles to connect to shy young supporter

Ed Miliband struggled to connect with a young Labour supporter after the young boy was overcome with nerves.

Edward, 5, was waving a home-made sign but when the Labour leader stopped to shake his hand he did not seem to know what to do.

In the end Mr Miliband took the sign but still could not persuade shy Edward to shake his hand.

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Drone footage shows scale of devastation in Kathmandu

The full scale of the devastation wrought on Nepal's capital city has been laid bare in shocking aerial footage captured by a drone.

The drone flew over the stricken city, revealing giant cracks which had opened up in roads, collapsed buildings, and thousands of people left homeless in the streets.

Video credit: Kishor Rana

Traffic leaves aid workers unable to reach villages

Roads in and out of the Nepalese capital remain heavily blocked due to landslides, leaving aid effort stuck miles from the area it is needed most, ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

While the landslides are understood to have been cleared, traffic is so heavily backed up that some people say they have been queuing for more than 20 hours.

Many of the worst-affected areas are thought to be right up on the hilltops - densely-packed villages of small houses which in a lot of cases have yet to be contacted.

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