Australia’s relief effort stepped up a notch today.

Two RAAF jets departed Amberley Air Base, carrying vital aid resources, and emergency personnel.

Local charity groups also are marshalling, to send help to the disaster zone.

Emilia Hutchinson reports.


The C-17A Globemasters took off this morning, with shelters, blankets and health support to deliver to the Nepalese victims.

Once it arrives, the plane will be used to evacuate Australian citizens who are stranded in the country.

Scott Hill, Lt. Colonel RAAF: “There’s a lot of Australians and people from other nations that would be grateful for any aid coming in, any support that’s provided.”

Queensland isn’t only offering planes, but people too.

Jo-Ann Miller, Qld Minister for Police, Fire, and Emergency Services: “We’ve had people on standby since the Nepal incident was notified to Australia, and if they’re needed, they will be ready to go within three hours.”

In Boondall, the Lions Club is raising money to help rebuild Nepali lives.

Reg Maharaj was in the country with his wife just three weeks ago, every site they visited is gone.

He says right now the people just need money.

Reg Maharaj, Boondall Lions Club: “We are asking for cash so that we can buy food in Nepal, which is supplied from India at a very cheap cost.”

Donations can be made at any National Australia Bank branch.

Reg Maharaj, Boondall Lions Club: “The sky is the limit with this sort of devastation.”

While the last missing Australian travellers made contact with their families today, Nepal’s Prime Minister says the death toll could climb to 10,000.

In South Bank people continue to pay their respects for the dead, at the Nepalese Peace Pagoda.

Emilia Hutchinson, QUT News.