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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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British teen 'incredibly shocked' after Everest rescue

A UK survivor of an avalanche on Mount Everest is "incredibly shocked" but safe after being rescued from the mountain by helicopter this morning, support staff say.

Alex Staniforth was scaling Everest for charity.

Westgrove Group, sponsors of climber Alex Staniforth, said the 19-year-old from Chester was "completely devastated at the tragic loss of lives of so many people, many whom he classed as friends both around Everest basecamp and in the region."

"We are hoping that he can be airlifted to Kathmandu over the next 24hours for his safe passage home to his family and friends."

Staniforth's mother also issued a short statement, saying: "We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at Basecamp after being stranded at Camp1 for 2 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.”

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