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UK sends medics and equipment to assist Nepal

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:


Nicola Sturgeon pulls off pre-election balancing act

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.

Video shows panic as an avalanche hits Everest camp

A mountaineer on Everest has posted a video on YouTube, apparently showing the moment an avalanche hit base camp following the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

The shocking footage appears to show a huge cloud of snow and rock cascading down onto the campsite from the mountain.

German adventurer Jost Kobusch posted the footage to his YouTube channel earlier today.

In the video, some of the climbers comment that "the ground is shaking" before turning around to see the huge moving wall of ice and debris descending onto their tents and engulfing them.

CAUTION: The video contains images and language some viewers may find upsetting.

PM: UK search and rescue team on way to Nepal

Prime Minister David Cameron has said a UK search and rescue team is on its way to Nepal tonight to help the devastated country following the earthquake which has killed at least 2,500 people.

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