Hampshire firefighters search for survivors in rubble of Nepal earthquake

DISASTER A scene from Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu in Nepal
DISASTER A scene from Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu in Nepal
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TEN firefighters from Hampshire have flown out to Nepal to help the rescue effort.

They are part of a team of more than 60 search-and-rescue responders and medical experts drafted in by the UK’s Department for International Development.

The team is carrying more than 11 tonnes of kit, including torches, axes, rope, search cameras, stretchers and tents.

The squad includes Phil Clack, who lives in Fareham and is based at Eastleigh.

Six members of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit have also flown out to Nepal.

An RAF plane was due to touch down yesterday, having left the UK nearly 12 hours earlier .

It is believed more than 4,310 people have now died in the disaster, with more than 8,000 injured.

The Foreign Office said it had not received reports of any Britons being killed or injured but embassy staff had assisted 200 people.

A total of 90 British and Irish-born people are among the missing, according to a website set up for the families by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Justine Greening, secretary of state for International Development, said: ‘Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible earthquake.

‘The UK is doing everything it can to help Nepal recover and provide assistance to British nationals caught up in the disaster.

‘We are deploying highly trained experts in search and rescue and trauma medicine to pull people from the rubble and save lives.

‘These are brave men and women who will be doing crucial, life-saving work.’