3 million pounds were released to address immediate needs and another 2 million pounds would be given to the Red Cross the government said.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that a UK search and rescue team was dispatched last night with RAF aircraft being sent on Monday.

A number of Britons have been caught up in Saturday's earthquake and the powerfula ftershock felt on Saturday.

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.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said "we would expect there to be several hundred British nationals in Nepal" but there were currently no reports of any Britons killed or
injured.

    
"British embassy staff have helped over 200 British nationals who've presented at the embassy directly," he said.

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