Foreign Secretary pledges help after earthquake in Nepal

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The Government has pledged help to Nepal following an earthquake in the region which is thought to have killed over 1,000 people and caused significant disruption.

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement:

“My thoughts are with the people of Nepal and everyone affected by the terrible loss of life and widespread damage caused by the earthquake.

We are in close contact with the Nepalese government. The British Embassy in Nepal is offering our assistance to the authorities and is providing consular assistance to British Nationals”.

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, added:

My thoughts are with the people of Nepal, in particular all those who have lost loved ones.

“The absolute priority must be to reach people who are trapped and injured, and provide shelter and protection to those who have lost their homes.

Nepal needs our urgent humanitarian assistance and that is why we have rapidly deployed a team of humanitarian experts who will immediately begin work assessing the damage and helping the Nepalese authorities respond to this devastating earthquake”.