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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 www.dec.org.uk for details.
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Amanda Holden's sister among trapped Everest climbers

Amanda Holden said her sister Debbie was safe and well. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Amanda Holden's sister was among those trapped by Mount Everest in the wake of Saturday's earthquake in Nepal, the actress has revealed.

Hosting ITV's This Morning, Holden revealed her sister Debbie had safely avoided the avalanche that killed at least 17 people.

During an interview with search and rescue experts, she said: "Very luckily she is at a place that is the last camp before you get to Base Camp 1 on the south side.

"There [were] only four of them left at that camp because my sister was suffering so badly from altitude sickness she didn't walk up to Base Camp - which actually, potentially, might have saved her life," she added.

Holden added that her friend had been able to send a text to her family from a friend's phone to let them know she was safe, adding that it was possible she would have made her way down from the mountain this morning.

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