Three people found alive days after Nepal earthquake

Three people have been pulled out alive from the rubble of their home days after Nepal's devastating earthquake, an official has said.

Other developments include:

  • The number of confirmed deaths has risen to more than 8,000, an official from Nepal's home ministry said.
  • The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is appealing for donations to help get aid to Nepal after the devastating earthquake. Visit for details.

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Nepal earthquake: UK appeal donations top £50m

Credit: Reuters

Donations from the UK appeal to help the victims of the Nepalese earthquake have reached £50 million.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched the Nepal Earthquake Appeal to help aid agencies reach an estimated 310,000 people, providing help in more than 60 villages, camps and towns. DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed expressed his gratitude for the £50 million that has been donated so far.

"We are extremely grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the UK public," he said. "Despite the immense challenges facing those affected and relief efforts, the response continues to grow day by day."

The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake has now passed 8,000.

Family tribute to 'happy and caring' Brit killed in Nepal

The family of Matthew Carapiet have confirmed that he was killed in the Nepal earthquake.

The student was touring Asia when he was caught in the disaster and had been missing until his death was confirmed today.

Matt was touring Asia in a gap year before planning to continue his architecture studies in the autumn. He spoke to us regularly about how much he was enjoying his travels and we know he was doing something that he loved. He had been trekking in Nepal for two weeks before the earthquake.

Matt is loved by his family and friends who all have countless memories of how kind, happy and caring he was. He made a huge impression on the lives of everyone he met.

This has been a very difficult time for the whole family, and we now need time to grieve. We would ask for privacy as we come to terms with our loss.

– Family statement


Britons donate £38m to DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Britons have donated £38 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the group of 13 UK aid charities confirmed.

Army dousing a partially collapsed house in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: PA

Chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “Supplies are arriving from India by road and at the one international airport, but damage to the runway is slowing the process. Fuel shortages, limited electricity, damaged roads and landslides are also hampering efforts."

It said the funds would enable DEC members to scale up efforts to reach more of the estimated eight million people affected by the devastating earthquake, which struck west of the capital Kathmandu on April 25.

Rescuers dig Nepal earthquake mudslide for bodies

Rescuers in Nepal are digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route, where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the earthquake that struck 10 days ago.

Earthquake survivors walk past their collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Credit: Reuters

Gautam Rimal, the government administrator of the Rasuwa district, said police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley. Nine of the victims were foreign trekkers, he said.

Runway damage hits Nepal's relief effort

Large cargo planes have damaged the airport in Kathmandu Credit: Reuters

Runway damage has forced authorities in Nepal to close the main airport to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following last week's earthquake.

Bigger planes had been banned because the runway was deteriorating as the huge relief effort began after the quake which has so far claimed 7,057 lives.

Birendra Shrestha, the manager of Tribhuwan International Airport, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, said the runway was built to handle only medium-size jets and not the large military and cargo planes that have been flying to the airport.

Despite this setback, the UN coordinator for Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, said the bottlenecks in aid delivery were slowly disappearing.

"I think the problem is there, but it's actually diminishing," he said, adding the Nepalese government eased customs and other bureaucratic hurdles on humanitarian aid following complaints from the UN.


Man,101, found alive eight days after Nepal quake

Funchu Tamang survived under the rubble of his home for more than a week. Credit: ITV News

A 101-year-old man has been found alive more than a week after the Nepal earthquake demolished his home.

Funchu Tamang was pulled from the rubble on Saturday with only minor injuries to his ankle and hand.

Police officer Arun Kumar Singh told news agency AFP: "He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable."

Police also pulled three women survivors from the the rubble earlier today in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts, although it was not immediately clear how long they had been trapped.

Britain adds extra £5.3m to Nepal quake relief funds

Britain has donated an extra £5.3m to Nepal's quake relief funds to help supply food, clean water and shelter to the millions of people who have been affected by the country's worst earthquake in 80 years.

The number of confirmed deaths since last Saturday's earthquake has risen to more than 7,000, an official from Nepal's home ministry said Credit: Jessica Lea/DFID

The money will be split between five different UN aid agencies and according to the government brings the UK contribution to the relief effort up to £22.8m.

International Development minister Justine Greening said: "The UK is standing by Nepal and its people in their hour of need by ensuring lifesaving supplies continue moving around the country and by providing charities on the ground with fast-tracked funding.

"But even more has to be done to make sure these vital supplies keep reaching those who need them. With this latest British boost we will help the UN co-ordinate the relief effort on the ground and ensure everyone affected by this disaster continues to get the support they need."

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