Nepali police remove rubble from the site of the Rato Machindranath temple at Bungamati on the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal on May 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN
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Nepal's government said Sunday it has denied entry to three British military helicopters sent to help the earthquake relief effort because of fears they could damage buildings when landing.A foreign ministry spokesman said the Chinook helicopters, which arrived in New Delhi last week en route to the quake-hit country, were too big to land.The April 25 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and left thousands more homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter.Local media reported that the down-draft from an Osprey relief flight blew the roof off a small building in a quake-hit village as it delivered aid.Steven Bruce Bokan, chief flying instructor for Nepalese helicopter company Manang Air, said the British Chinooks and U.S. Ospreys were "basically useless" in the Himalayas.
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