Nepal: Avalanche kill 12 people

One Indian national and four Canadian mountain hikers were buried under an avalanche in Phu gorge on Wednesday, said Devendra Lamichane, chief administrator of Manang district.

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Separate avalanches and blizzard have killed at least 12 people including eight foreign hikers in Nepal’s mountainous Himalayas, officials say.

The official added that it would take days for rescue personnel to dig the bodies out from under the snow.

Meanwhile, rescuers recovered the bodies of three villagers who were killed in a separate storm in the same district two days earlier.

In another development, rescue workers dug out the bodies of two Polish nationals, an Israeli and one Nepali who died in a blizzard on Mount Dhaulagiri in Mustang district on Tuesday.

A government official said more bodies were likely to be found along the Thorong La pass on a route that circles Mount Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest peak, as dozens are still believed to be stranded.

At least 14 foreign trekkers have been rescued so far, officials said.

The incidents mark the latest in a series of accidents in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains.

In April, an avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides just above the base camp on Mount Everest, the deadliest single disaster ever on the mountain.

Nepal’s most popular trekking season is in October when thousands of foreigners hike in the Himalayan Mountains.

Climate experts have blamed rising global temperatures for ongoing avalanches in the Himalayas.






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