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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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Oxfam prepares to fly disaster specialists to Nepal

A team of Oxfam technical experts carrying equipment to help purify water and provide sanitation are preparing to fly out to Nepal in the wake of today's earthquake.

In a statement, Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam's director in Nepal, said that telephone lines are currently down, while electricity and water have both been cut off.

!Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu," she said.

"People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks."

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