UK Gurkhas Prepare For Nepal Rescue Mission
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UK Gurkhas Prepare For Nepal Rescue Mission

Gurkha Regiments in the UK are understood to be making preparations to fly to Nepal to aid in ongoing search and rescue operations....

UK Gurkhas Prepare For Nepal Rescue Mission
Gurkha Regiments in the UK are understood to be making preparations to fly to Nepal to aid in ongoing search and rescue operations.
 
Authorities in the country say they have been "overwhelmed" by the scale of the disaster and are struggling to cope.
 
Although no official announcement has been made, soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Rifles and the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, both based in Kent, are reportedly anticipating being deployed in the coming days.
 
All Gurkhas currently in Nepal, including a team climbing Mount Everest, have been accounted for. 
 
Having been airlifted from Camp 1 down to Base Camp the members of the Gurkha 200 Everest Expedition are now directly involved in the recovery operation. 
 
The Headquarters British Gurkhas, Kathmandu was not significantly damaged in Saturday's huge earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. 
 
As a result UK staff from the Department for International Development have moved into the Gurkha HQ. The British School is also considering relocating for security and accommodation.
 
The British Embassy also survived the massive tremor intact. Most areas of the city however remain without power and water.
 
Nepal's National Emergency Operations Centre have confirmed that at least 3,726 people are known to have died in the disaster.
 
Officials however are warning that number may rise dramatically as rescue teams reach more remote mountainous regions, where it's feared whole villages may have been buried in rockfalls. 
 
Residents across Nepal have been warned to stay outdoors, enduring a second night on the streets in freezing temperatures.
 
Rescue teams and aid from countries including Britain are understood to be on their way to Nepal but the main airport in the capital, initially closed, is struggling to cope.
 
It's understood tens of thousands of ex-servicemen from the Indian Army's Gorkha regiments, who are now back living in Nepal, have been mobilised to help in search and rescue operations.
 
A 55-strong team from China's People's Liberation Army is also flying into the region. 
 
BFBS Gurkha Radio has full updates on the situation and there's a list of useful contact numbers available via their Facebook page.

The Foreign Office has advised that any British Nationals in need of consular assistance call +44 (0) 207 008 0000 or text NEPAL to +447860010026.