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Nepal Sherpas demand compensation for families of avalanche victims

Published on Apr 21, 2014 3:10 PM
 

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepal's Sherpas have demanded compensation of US$10,000 (S$12,522) for the families of 16 colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world's highest mountain, crowded with climbers.

The government has announced an immediate payment of US$400 to the victims' families to cover funeral costs.

But there is no provision for compensation for Sherpas who are hired by international expeditions to carry gear, and in the past these groups have provided financial assistance on their own in the case of accidents.

On Sunday, Sherpas with 31 foreign expeditions held a meeting at the base camp of the 8,850m summit and agreed to launch protests if their demands were not met.

Relatives of a Mount Everest avalanche victim grieve as bodies arrive at the Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu on April 19, 2014. Nepal's Sherpas have demanded compensation of US$10,000 (S$12,522) for the families of 16 colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world's highest mountain, crowded with climbers. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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