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Earthquake: Nepal's Prime Minister warns of 10,000 dead

By PA Reporters

The death toll from the Nepal earthquake disaster could reach 10,000, the country's prime minister said yesterday, as Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond revealed that UK authorities are investigating claims of the first British fatality.

Mr Hammond said the Foreign Office was investigating unconfirmed reports about a British national living outside the UK being killed by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake.

Reports from the ravaged country say the death toll has passed 5,000, but prime minister Sushil Koirala said it could eventually be double that.

Mr Hammond said: "We have a C-17 loaded with British Army Gurkha engineers and equipment in the region.

"We also have a Department for International Development chartered Boeing 767 loaded with rescue teams and supplies. They're both waiting for landing slots when the weather at Kathmandu permits.

"In the meantime, we have already got some UK personnel in on other flights and there are 60 British personnel, search and rescue teams and other experts already on the ground delivering assistance."

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