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Avalanche on Everest

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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The victims of the avalanche below Camp II of Mount Everest in Solukhumbu district on Friday morning have been identified as the death toll in the tragedy increased to 12 by today evening. All of them were Nepali guides.

The Home Ministry as well as the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) have confirmed the death of 12 mountaineers so far. Three other mountaineers are still missing while three others who were found injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

The mountaineers were killed when an avalanche swept away climbing parties at 5,800 meters, just below Camp II, of Everest on Friday morning.

Dipendra Poudel of Trekking and Mountaineering section under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) confirmed the death.

“Around 15 persons were swept away by the avalanche. We have rescued two alive and recovered four bodies,” Poudel said.  A team of doctors and rescuers have left for camp 1 from the EBC in order to start search and rescue operation to locate the missing mountaineers. “Liaisons officers, personnel of Nepal Army and Armed Police Force as well as guides from Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and icefall doctors are involved in rescue operations,” he said

Climbers of as many as six expeditions were swept away by the avalanche. “These expeditions were operated by expedition operators like Alpine Ascent, Summit Nepal, Himalayan Guides and Beuyl, among others,” added Poudel.

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