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Bad weather halts rescue after deadliest Everest disaster

Published on Apr 20, 2014 3:06 PM
 
Nepalese relatives and volunteers shift the body of a Mount Everest avalanche victim after arrival at the Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu on April 19, 2014. Bad weather suspended searches on Sunday on Mount Everest for three Nepalese sherpa guides still missing after an avalanche killed 13 of their colleagues in the deadliest accident on the world's highest peak. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Bad weather suspended searches on Sunday on Mount Everest for three Nepalese sherpa guides still missing after an avalanche killed 13 of their colleagues in the deadliest accident on the world's highest peak.

The guides were among a large party that left Everest base camp on Friday morning carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare routes for international clients ahead of the main climbing season in Nepal.

Rescuers retrieved 12 bodies and plucked at least seven men to safety from the snow-blanketed slopes on Friday, with a 13th body recovered on Saturday.

The avalanche smashed into the sherpas at an altitude of about 5,800 metres (19,000 feet) in an area nicknamed the "popcorn field" due to ice boulders on the route leading into the treacherous Khumbu Icefall.

 
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