The Department for International Development (DFID) has deployed a team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts to support the relief effort in Nepal. You can see more photos on their Flickr feed.
The work underway by UKISAR includes a range of equipment and specialist knowledge to assist in the rescue bid.
The team also works with specially trained dogs that are taught to track down human scent. When the dogs find someone alive under the rubble, their bark or body language lets their trainers know. Each dog handler sticks with their own dogs – with who they have built up a special trust.
According to latest updates from DFID’s website the UK has released a £17.5 million package of emergency aid, including:
• More than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts to support the relief effort in Nepal
• A 30-strong medical team carrying 8 tonnes of equipment including medical supplies and bandages, a generator and tents
• An 8-strong team of British disaster and rescue experts to help assess and coordinate the international effort
• £3 million released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) so partners can address immediate needs on the ground and £2 million for the British Red Cross
• An RAF C-17 aircraft carrying more than 1,100 shelter kits and over 1,700 solar lanterns, along with a team of Gurkha engineers
• Airfield handling equipment including 2 forklift trucks to facilitate the swift movement of aid supplies off aircraft and help to ease congestion at Kathmandu airport
• 3 Royal Air Force CH47 Chinook aircraft and £2.5 million funding for additional UN helicopters
• An agreement to fund humanitarian secondees to the World Food Programme, Unicef and UNFPA – experts in water, health and sanitation who will ensure support for the most vulnerable people affected by this disaster
• Matching the first £5m of public donations to the DEC appeal
• Continuing to support Nepal’s recovery efforts and stand ready to provide whatever further assistance is required
• Assessing what military resources we can offer to support the humanitarian effort in the region
• Gurkhas already providing informal assistance to around 200 nationals at their base through first aid and logistical support. They are also able to provide language assistance to search and rescue teams as they speak both English and Nepali