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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 Vaughan Jones reports:

Four charities to get £3 million for Iraq relief effort

The Government has announced the four charities that will share £3 million to provide humanitarian aid in northern Iraq.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the charities are: Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger.

The funding is being provided through her department's Rapid Response Facility, which fast-tracks money to charities in the event of a humanitarian crisis.

It is part of the £8 million Iraq aid package released by the Government on Thursday.


UK pledges £15m more in typhoon aid

A village is destroyed on the northern tip of Cebu Province. Credit: Reuters

Britain is to contribute another £15 million towards helping the Philippines recover from the devastation wreaked by typhoon Haiyan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The aid boost - which takes the total UK contribution to £75 million - will help fund efforts to rebuild homes and get people back into jobs.

One of the biggest storms on record, Haiyan killed at least 5,700, destroyed or damaged the homes of six million people and directly affected another nine million.

Among reconstruction efforts being supported by the aid is the rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals, the restoration of public services and employment programmes.

Efforts to revive the devastated rural economy include reconstructing irrigation systems, replanting coconut trees and re-establishing fisheries.

RAF delivers further aid to Philippines disaster zones

International Development Secretary Justine Greening arrives in Cebu. Credit: Ministry of Defence

An RAF C-17 Globemaster plane has delivered further emergency supplies and humanitarian aid to typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening inspects the aid on board the RAF C-17 Globemaster. Credit: Ministry of Defence

International Development Secretary Justine Greening joined the crew from Malaysia to Cebu in the Philippines to oversee the process.

The RAF said the C-17 Globemaster's ability to fly long distances and land in remote regions makes it a "premier transporter" for humanitarian missions.

HMS Daring to 'help get donations to those who need it'

HMS Daring will "help get donations to those who need it" in typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said.

She wrote on Twitter:

Greening hails 'tremendous response' to aid call

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said there has been "a tremendous response" to the disaster in the Philippines, "these appeals underline just how serious the situation is".

International Development Secretary Justine Greening with RAF Brize Norton Station Commander, Group Captain Steve Lushington. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Ms Greening said: "Backing the UN and Red Cross appeals will ensure the relief effort is properly co-ordinated and much-needed assistance gets to those who need it.

"I hope other countries will be joining us to give the Philippines the support it needs."


UK government implements £6m typhoon response

The Government has begun implementing a £6 million "rapid response" to the crisis in the Philippines, the International Development Secretary has said.

The British response is being co-ordinated with aid agencies that already have a presence "on the ground", the minister told ITV's Daybreak.

"We've also flown out two NHS experts, and I think what we'll now do is quickly assess the scale of the needs," she said.

UK pledges further £2 million in aid for Syria's children

The Government has pledged a further £2 million in aid for Syria's children, many of whom "have lost absolutely everything".

International Development Secretary Justine Greening on the Daybreak sofa. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

International Development Secretary Justine Greening told Daybreak the money will be focused on the children in Unicef-run refugee camps in Iraq.

Ms Greening said: "This money will first of all help provide safe zones for them so we can actually make sure they are being taken care of, secondly trauma support and counselling, and where they have medical needs they need to get care for that as well."

Cabinet minister blames clanger for missing Syria vote

A Cabinet minister who failed to support the Government's motion on Syria did not cast her vote because the bell that alerts MPs of a division in the House of Commons was apparently not rung.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds failed to vote to back the principle of military action in Syria.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

It is understood Ms Greening and Mr Simmonds were in a room near the Commons chamber discussing a different foreign policy matter and were unaware that the vote was taking place.

Both MPs voted against the Labour amendment at 10pm, which called for "compelling evidence" the Assad regime was behind the chemical attack.

Mr Simmonds then apparently asked to speak to Ms Greening about a separate Foreign Office issue and the pair went to a meeting room, where they apparently did not hear the bell for the second vote.

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