Chinooks sent to aid Nepal earthquake relief

A Chinook Mk6 helicopter in flight over Hampshire

A Chinook Mk6 helicopter in flight over Hampshire

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Chinook helicopters regularly seen flying over Portsmouth are being sent to Nepal to aid earthquake relief.

The first of three military helicopters has left the UK to help the rescue effort in Nepal, as families of missing Britons continue their wait for news following an earthquake.

An RAF Chinook left the Brize Norton airbase aboard an Antonov commercial freight aircraft.

Two more Chinooks will be sent out over the weekend to the stricken Himalayan country, where they will help ferry people and air supplies so that humanitarian aid can be taken to those in desperate need in remote and isolated communities. The three Chinooks, from 27 Sqn based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, which are regularly seen flying over Portsmouth as they ferry officials to and from Portsmouth naval base, are the latest in the aid effort dispatched from the UK.

British Army Gurkha engineers arrived in the Himalayan country yesterday aboard a C-17 aircraft, along with 18 tonnes of aid supplies including shelter kits and solar lanterns.

The Gurkhas spent last night constructing a water purification system to provide safe drinking water for people living in a camp in Kathmandu who lost their homes.

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