Dozens of British people are still unaccounted for following Saturday’s earthquake and resulting avalanches in Nepal, which has left more than 4,000 people dead. The Red Cross initially said 90 Britons were missing, but 30 have since been located.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) flight carrying vital UK aid stocks to the affected areas, along with a team of around 15 Gurkhas, has left for Nepal. The Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers who have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, are flying in a RAF C-17 aircraft loaded with vital emergency supplies, including more than 1,100 shelter kits and 1,700 solar lanterns.
The Foreign Office is now investigating claims that a British national, who is residing outside the UK, was killed by the Nepalese earthquake, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.