Nepal rescuers find body of Canadian killed in October snowstorm

The body of a victim is moved into a morgue after it was brought back from the Annapurna Region in Kathmandu on Oct 17, 2014. Nepalese rescuers have retrieved the body of a Canadian woman who died in the massive snowstorm that claimed 43 lives i
The body of a victim is moved into a morgue after it was brought back from the Annapurna Region in Kathmandu on Oct 17, 2014. Nepalese rescuers have retrieved the body of a Canadian woman who died in the massive snowstorm that claimed 43 lives in the Himalayas last month, police said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepalese rescuers have retrieved the body of a Canadian woman who died in the massive snowstorm that claimed 43 lives in the Himalayas last month, police said on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old Canadian woman was among hundreds of hikers caught in the storm that hit the popular Annapurna circuit route on Oct 15, at the height of the trekking season.

"The body of a female Canadian trekker was found yesterday and airlifted to Kathmandu this afternoon," Manang police chief Rajendra Regmi told AFP.

"The body on an Indian trekker was found last week," he added.

Two Nepalese rescue workers are continuing search for the remaining missing bodies of three Canadians and three Nepalese.

"The weather has been good and the snow is melting. We hope to find them soon," Regmi said.

In the week after the snowstorm struck, 518 people were airlifted to safety, including 310 tourists.

Thousands of people head to the Annapurna region every October, when the weather is usually at its best for trekking.

The disaster follows Mount Everest's deadliest-ever avalanche, which killed 16 guides in April and forced an unprecedented shutdown of the world's highest peak.