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Choppers to evacuate trapped UK climbers from Everest

Helicopters have been drafted in to begin evacuating climbers stranded on Mount Everest after a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake triggered an avalanche which left at least 17 people dead.

Fundraiser Alex Staniforth was among a British expedition trapped at Camp One, along with four others from the UK.

He took to Twitter earlier today to let supporters know he had been evacuated to base camp:

Rescuers said that clear conditions had opened up an "evacuation window" between 7am and noon local time, allowing helicopters to reach those trapped.

However, due to the thin air at camps one and two, which are more than 6,000 metres (20,000ft) above sea level, the choppers are only able to rescue two climbers at a time.

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Weather: Showers and sunny spells

The latest forecast Credit: Met Office

Heavy showers will move into the northwest today, bringing hail and thunder to Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland.

We will see snow in the heaviest showers, mainly falling over the hills.

One or two lighter showers will move into Wales and the southwest into the afternoon, while further east we will see decent long sunny spells through the day.

Top temperature 15C.

UK supplies expected to arrive in quake-hit Nepal

People gather in makeshift camps Credit: APTV

The RAF is expected to deliver much-needed supplies and reinforcements to Nepal today after more than 3,000 people were killed in the worst earthquake to hit the country in more than 80 years.

A man fills water from a water tank near a collapsed temple in Kathmandu Credit: Reuters

A police official said the death toll had risen to 3,218 people with some 6,538 injured following the quake on Saturday.

No Britons are believed to have been killed or injured, according to the Foreign Office but embassy staff have assisted 200 people.

It comes as thousands of people in Kathmandu left homeless by the quake desperately sought shelter, food and medical supplies.

A woman sits near a makeshift shelter in Kathmandu. Credit: Reuters

There were reports of the sick and wounded laying out in the open, unable to find beds in the city's devastated hospitals as the overwhelmed authorities struggle to care for the wounded and homeless.

"We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country," Deepak Panda, a member of the country's disaster management said.

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