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Six Nepalese dead, six missing in Everest avalanche, say officials

Published on Apr 18, 2014 2:43 PM
 
In this photograph taken on May 23, 2013, unidentified mountaineers look out from the summit of Mount Everest. At least six Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and six others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest on Friday, April 18, 2014, in one of the deadliest accidents on the world's highest peak, officials said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - At least six Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and six others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday in one of the deadliest accidents on the world's highest peak, officials said.

"Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am (9 am, Singapore time) at an altitude of about 5,800 metres in an area known as the "popcorn field" which lies on the route into the treacherous Khumbu icefall, Sherpa said.

Tourism ministry spokesman, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, said the climbers were all Nepalese and were preparing the route to the summit ahead of the summer climbing season which kicks off later this month.

 
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