A team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts has been deployed to support the relief effort in Nepal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said.
A Department for International Development-chartered flight is leaving London tonight for Kathmandu, carrying seven UK International Search and Rescue crews, four search and rescue dogs, a medical support team and a hazardous materials specialist.
They will take with them more than 11 tonnes of kit, including torches, axes, rope, search cameras, stretchers and tents.
Also on board will be trauma medics travelling as part of a DFID-deployed UK Med team and a five-strong Foreign Office Rapid Deployment Team.
ITV News' Political Correspondent Lewis Vaughn Jones reports:
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has shown off some of the balancing skills she may need after the election on a visit to a gym club today.
Ms Sturgeon managed not to use her hands, keep talking and stay upright as she walked across a balancing beam gym apparatus in front of cameras and a group of press photographers.