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The UK has given £5m to help people affected by the Nepal earthquake

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:19 GMT, Apr 27, 2015 |
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The UK has given £5m to help people affected by the Nepal earthquake, which has killed more than 3,000 people. The government said it had released £3m to address immediate needs and £2m would be given to the       Red Cross.  Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that a UK search and rescue team would be travelling to Nepal on Sunday night with RAF aircraft being sent on Monday.

A number of Britons have been caught up in Saturday’s earthquake and the powerful aftershock felt on Sunday. At least 18 people have been killed in avalanches on Mount Everest. Climbers and their guides have been cut off from Everest’s devastated base camp, unable to come down because climbing ropes and ladders have been swept away.

Rescuers told the media the mountaineers were waiting to be rescued by helicopter but bad weather had hampered efforts.