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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:

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.

Nepal 'overwhelmed' following deadly earthquake

Nepal has been overwhelmed by the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the country yesterday.

It's now become clear that more than 2,500 people were killed and more than 4,000 others were injured when the powerful quake struck the Himalayan nation.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports from Kathmandu

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Manny Pacquiao sends message of support to Nepal

Boxer Manny Pacquiao took time out from preparing for his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather to send a message of support to the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake which killed over 2,000 people.

In a video posted on Twitter Filipino legend Pacquiao, and his wife Jinkee, said "our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters who are suffering from the recent earthquake in Nepal".

Nepal: UK pledges £5 million to earthquake relief effort

People rush for safety during a strong aftershock after an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26, 2015. Credit: Reuters

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced £5 million in UK funding to contribute towards the Nepal earthquake relief effort, it has been announced.

Earlier today, Justine Greening chaired a Cobra emergency meeting to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake.

The £5m package of UK support in response to the Nepal earthquake includes:

  • £3m released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) so partners can address immediate needs on the ground; and
  • £2m for the British Red Cross.


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