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Lincs fire chief in Nepal reveals team's efforts to make hospital safe

A fire brigade chief from Lincolnshire in charge of part of the UK's international search and rescue effort in Kathmandu has revealed his team are now trying to make Nepal's main hospital safe.

International search and rescue effort to make Nepal's main hospital safe Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 60-strong British team of firefighters - headed by Lincolnshire's Dave Ramscar - are tackling the dangerous building where only 80 out of a possible 800 beds are fit for use.


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UK aid flight carrying 120 Brits from Nepal arrives in Stansted

The flight arrived into Stansted Airport Credit: PA Wire/Ben Kendall

A UK aid flight carrying around 120 British nationals who were left stranded in Nepal after the earthquake has landed at Stansted Airport.

Among those on board Department for International Development (DfID) chartered Boeing 767 - which flew aid out to Nepal on Sunday - were children and the elderly and people chosen as a priority because of health conditions.

It comes after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the death of a non resident British national.

The victim had dual nationality and was a resident of Hong Kong, while officials are "urgently investigating" reports that another Briton has been killed at Mount Everest base camp.

Some 300 Britons have been housed in the British embassy in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives.

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Foreign Office still tracing Brits and getting them to safety

The Foreign Office said it is still trying to trace all the Britons in Nepal and ensure they are safe, hundreds have already been housed in the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

Foreign Office staff continue to work around the clock tracing British nationals and getting them to safety in the wake of this catastrophe.

More than 300 who had no accommodation have been hosted by our Embassy in Kathmandu and we have arranged for around 120 to be repatriated on a flight chartered by the UK Government to deliver relief supplies.

We know that this is an agonising time for those who are waiting for news of loved ones. But the scale of the disaster and the limited communications means that it may be some time before we can account for everyone.

Many are likely to be in a place of safety but not able to communicate easily.

– Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary
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UK aid flight with 120 Brits on board leaves Kathmandu

A UK aid flight has left Kathmandu with around 120 British nationals on board, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.


Lincoln charity taking bags of clothes and money to Nepal

A Lincoln based charity is taking bags of clothes and money to help with the aid efforts after the Nepal earthquake.

Founder of Lincs2Nepal Garry Goddard is heading to Nepal with his colleague Leo Scott Smith later tonight.

The charity has received an anonymous donation of £10,000.

Lincoln charity heading to Nepal to help

A Lincoln based charity is heading to Nepal tonight to help with the aid effort.

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Lincs2Nepal have been out to the country several times before - where they currently educate children and adults in a school.

They've now raised more than £4000 on their just giving page towards tonight's trip and say they've also had an anonymous donation of £10,000.

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The charity plans to take food, water and clothes with them and also plan to help with the rescue effort there.

It comes as we're told the death toll could rise to as high as 10,000 people.

Families desperate for return of loved ones from Nepal

Several people from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire remain stranded in Nepal following an earthquake in the country over the weekend.

Rescuers from Lincolnshire have also flown out to contribute to the aid effort, as the death toll rises to almost 4,000.

One climber from Sheffield is stranded at base camp on Mount Everest, while the family of a pregnant woman from Hull say they are desperate for her to come home as soon as possible.

Kate Hemingway reports:

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