MK Charity Helping After Nepal Earthquake
27 April 2015, 06:45
A Milton Keynes based charity is out in Nepal after Saturday's devastating earthquake.
The RAF is expected to deliver much-needed supplies and reinforcements today as the rescue and relief effort continues.
Medics and experts from the UK flew out last night after the country was devastated by an earthquake which officials say claimed more than 3,200 lives.
The Foreign Office said it had not received reports of any Britons being killed or injured but embassy staff had assisted 200 people.
Deepesh Paul Tacker is from the Milton Keynes based charity World Vision and is out in Kathmandu.
He said: "Old buildings, temples, are just reduced into rubble. [It was] Certainly a very horrifying day for everyone.
"Lots of rescue is going on. People are trying to do whatever best they can.
"People are really in deep shock, they're just trying to do whatever they can.
"The issue of water, food, shelter is the primary concern for people. But the magnitude of the disaster is yet to be fully assessed.
"This was something way beyond the expectations of people out there. There has been lots of reports of damage in the epicentre and surrounding areas."
The 7.8-magnitude quake struck just before midday on Friday, sending tremors through the Kathmandu Valley and the nearby city of Pokhara.
The majority of deaths were reported in Nepal, with deaths also being confirmed in India, Tibet, Bangladesh and the Nepal-China border.
The quake also set in motion an avalanche which swept the face of Mount Everest, killing at least 17 people and injuring 61, government officials said.
Several Britons are thought to be stranded on the world's highest peak, with access to its base camp cut off.