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Gurkhas reach Nepal with much-needed drinking water

A team of Gurkha engineers has arrived in Nepal on an RAF flight to join the aid efforts.

ITV News spoke to Corporal Bhesh Bahadur, who is helping operate a tanker purifying drinking water for residents of quake-stricken Pokhara.

Clean drinking water is crucial in the days after the quake, he explains.

"Facilities to provide fresh water are lacking, so in conjunction with the Nepalese army, who are using their tanker, we provide potable water and can cut down on any possible epidemic," he said. "We have to be on top of that."

Corporal Bhesh Bahadur is originally from Pokhara Credit: Nicky Russell-Smith

The corporal, who has been been in the Ghurkas for 13 years, is from Pokhara - so this is where his friends and family live.

He said: "When I first heard about the earthquake i was devastated by the news, the historic sites are damaged and I was worried about friends and relatives.

"I'm very proud to be here to share my knowledge and expertise."


Gurkhas' bodies flying back to UK

The bodies of two Gurkhas killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform will be repatriated to the UK today.

Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar, of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were shot dead at a checkpoint in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province, on October 30.

The men were killed in the latest "green-on-blue" attack on British troops in Afghanistan, bringing the number of British servicemen killed by Afghan soldiers or police to 11 this year.