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UK deploys humanitarian experts to help in Nepal

The UK has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal to provide urgent support for people affected by the earthquake, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The eight-strong team will provide urgent humanitarian support for people affected by the disaster.

Disaster response specialists, including experts in search and rescue will travel to Nepal overnight and begin work assessing the scale of damage, and helping local authorities to direct the response.

Nepal needs our urgent humanitarian assistance. That is why we have rapidly deployed a team of humanitarian experts who will immediately begin work assessing the damage and helping the Nepalese authorities respond to this devastating earthquake.

– Justine Greening

Nepal earthquake death toll continues to rise

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At least 1,341 people have died in the Nepal's worst earthquake for 80 years, the Reuters news agency have reported.

The 7.9 magnitude quake, which was shallow making it more destructive, is Nepal's worst tremor for 80 years.

The country's worst earthquake in 1934 killed more than 8,500 people.

The shock waves were felt as far away as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Earthquake in Nepal kills at least 1,170 people

At least 1,170 people have been killed in a devastating earthquake in Nepal and the number of dead is expected to rise as rescuers work through the night to dig through the rubble.

The 7.9 magnitude quake, which was shallow making it more destructive, is Nepal's worst tremor for 80 years. The country's worst earthquake in 1934 killed more than 8,500 people.

The shock waves were felt as far away as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

Nepal earthquake: PM says UK will do all it can to help

The United Kingdom will do all it can to help in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The quake has so far claimed over 1,000 lives.

British charities are preparing to help to deal with the disaster, while Prime Minister David Cameron took to Twitter to express the country's support.

He posted:

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More than 1,100 people killed by Nepal earthquake

The death toll in Nepal from a 7.9 magnitude earthquake has risen to 1,130. Credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

At least 1,130 people have been killed by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal according to a police spokesman.

The quake struck between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. 634 people were reported dead in the Kathmandu Valley and at least 300 more in the capital.

A further 36 fatalities were reported in northern India, 12 in Chinese Tibet and four in Bangladesh.

Hammond: British Embassy offering assistance to Nepal

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The Foreign Secretary has said that the British Embassy in Nepal is offering assistance to Nepalese authorities following a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

Philip Hammond said:

My thoughts are with the people of Nepal and everyone affected by the terrible loss of life and widespread damage caused by the earthquake.

We are in close contact with the Nepalese government.

The British Embassy in Nepal is offering our assistance to the authorities and is providing consular assistance to British Nationals.

– Philip Hammond

Climber on Everest describes avalanche aftermath

Climber Arjun Vajpai, who was at a base camp in Makalu when the Nepal earthquake struck, has sent a mobile phone video to Reuters news agency describing the scene shortly after an avalanche was triggered by the tremors.

He said he was concerned about team members who had climbed higher up the mountain just before the 7.9 magnitude quake stuck.

Most of our team is okay, we are doing well, some of our team members just moved up today towards camp 1 and camp 2. We still do not have any report from them, we are trying to get in touch with them.

– Climber Arjun Vajpai

Makalu base camp is used by several expedition groups to climb Everest via Sherpani Pass.

Indian army: 18 bodies found on Everest after quake

Several climbers have been caught up in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by the quake in Nepal. Credit: Reuters

An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest after a huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain, according to an army spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency.

Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said that the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp.

Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck.

Saturday's 7.9-magnitude quake was the strongest to hit Nepal for 81 years and was known to have killed nearly 900 people in Nepal.

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