Cheshire teenager safe after avalanche on Everest

Alex Sandiforth has tweeted to say he's OK after Nepal earthquake triggered avalanche while he was climbing Mount Everest

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Nepal earthquake: UK aid plane forced to land in India

A plane carrying British aid workers has been forced to land in India after a failed attempt to reach Kathmandu.

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INTERVIEW: 'boulders the size of cars came crashing through the camp'

Cumbrian mountaineer Chris Harling has spoken to ITV News about boulders the size of cars crashing through base camp on Everest when the massive earthquake struck Nepal.

Chris, from Penrith, is a volunteer with Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and was leading the Adventure Peaks Everest North Ridge 2015 Expedition. All his team are unharmed and he says the area has largely escaped the avalanches that have left up to 17 climbers dead. He says his thoughts are with all of those caught up in the disaster, both on Everest and across Nepal.

They are remaining in the camp while they decide what is safest to do next. Hear his exclusive phone interview below:


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Red Cross: 90 British and Irish people missing in Nepal

A total of 90 people born in Britain or Ireland are believed to be missing after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal and left thousands dead, the Red Cross has said.

An online list of everyone missing in the Nepal earthquake, as well as updates on those found, has been put together by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The list includes dozens of Britons.

Sam Bond, from Bristol, is among those missing Credit: Twitter/Francesca Baker

Among those missing is Bristol climber Samuel Bond, aged 28, who has not been seen since he set off for base camp on Mount Everest on Wednesday last week.

More than 3,600 people have been confirmed dead by rescue and recovery teams so far, including at least 17 climbers hit by an avalanche triggered by the 7.9 magnitude quake.

Avalanche survivor urges people to support Nepal disaster fund

Alex Sandiforth. Credit: ITV News.

A British teenager who survived earthquake-triggered avalanches on Mount Everest has said he is "emotionally trashed" after being rescued from his ascent.

Alex Staniforth, 19, from Chester, was at Camp 1 on the world's highest peak when the devastating quake hit, followed by yesterday's large aftershock which has hampered rescue efforts.

He was airlifted back to base camp this morning where he has joined other stranded climbers and is now waiting to be transferred to the capital, Kathmandu, so he can return to his family and friends in the UK.

Nepal's mountaineering department said at least 18 people had been killed on the mountain and 61 injured in the avalanche, while an unknown number were still missing.

Earlier a tweet from his team in the UK said: "From Alex: "Evacuated to base camp. Emotionally trashed and all gear swept away. Very lucky to be alive, please let everyone know."

“We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at Basecamp after being stranded at Camp One for two nights.

"We just want to get him home now so we know he is safe.

"We are very sad for the families who have not been so lucky and our thoughts go out to the people of Nepal.”

– Debbie Brooks, mother of Alex.

Mr Staniforth said he is "incredibly shocked by the experience" but urged people to donate to the disaster fund.

The young adventurer had been attempting to climb Mount Everest in honour of the Sherpas who were killed in last year's avalanche at Base Camp.

Salford hiker safe but stranded in Nepal disaster zone

Joanne Hinds, from Salford, on Mt Kilamanjaro. She is now stranded in Nepal. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A hiker who was walking in the Himalayas when the earthquake hit Nepal is now stranded at the centre of the devastation.

Joanne Hinds, 30, from Swinton, had just left Everest base camp when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck and caused a huge avalanche.

Further up the mountain, about 100 climbers were safe but stranded as the route down was damaged.

Rescue efforts are ongoing.

Joanne and her friend, who had fulfilled a lifelong dream of setting foot on Everest, were just hours from base camp and trekking through remote countryside when the quake struck.

The ground shook and cracked beneath them, terrifying the pair and surrounding villagers.

Joanne Hinds. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

“Joanne had literally left base camp two days ago and then it got hit - she was very lucky.

“Lots of people were killed. We are so relieved she is okay but it’s still so, so sad.

“It was tense and it was good to get the call from Joanne’s friend’s mum saying they had been in touch and they were fine. Then Joanne called but the line was awful.

“She just said she was in a safe place and that she wasn’t hurt. She was in shock because they had felt the earthquake badly, the ground was cracking.

“It is so, so sad. The pictures coming out are devastating. Joanne has seen some sights, crumbled buildings and the human toll in the villages. She is very upset.”

– Jack Hinds, Joanne’s brother


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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:

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Effects of quake seen an hour out of Kathmandu

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers is travelling toward Kathmandu, where the epicentre of this weekend's devastation earthquake.

Even an hour away, some after-effects of the quake could be seen, as he reports.

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