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Nepal blizzards and avalanches claim many lives 5 years, 7 months ago #1100

A blizzard and several avalanches in the Himalayas in central Nepal are reported to have killed at least 26 trekkers and three farmers.

The highest number of deaths - two Israelis, two Poles and eight Nepalese - happened when a blizzard hit a point on the Annapurna Circuit. Many trekkers returning from the circuit remain out of contact.

BBC South Asia Editor Charles Haviland says it is one the deadliest spells of bad weather ever seen in the region.

Avalanches to the east and west have left 10 more people dead or presumed dead, among them Canadians, Slovaks and an Indian as well as local people.

A French man also died after slipping into the Budhi Gandaki river in heavy rains.

Severe rain and snowstorms in Nepal appear to have been triggered by Cyclone Hudhud in neighbouring India.

www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29625605
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Re: Nepal blizzards and avalanches claim many lives 5 years, 7 months ago #1102

Really Sad to hear this . Pray for safety of all others there .

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The body of missing Israeli trekker Michal Cherkasky was retrieved from the snow in Nepal on Monday, along with two others, as Nepalese authorities prepared to end the full-scale search for survivors of a deadly snowstorm that struck last Tuesday. The hiker’s death raises the Israeli death toll to four.

Read more: www.timesofisrael.com/missing-israeli-hi...nepal/#ixzz3GgBes2E1

Also read somewhere that Michal Cherkasky had gone to Nepal to see where her boyfriend was killed in an avalanche 13 years ago, and lost her life in a similar way.
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Nepal ends blizzard mountain search

Nepal is wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains, saying all the hikers believed to be stranded on a trekking route by a series of blizzards and avalanches that left dozens of others dead have been rescued and are safe.

The last flights by rescue helicopters in Mustang, Manang and Dolpa districts would be on Monday, said Yadav Koirala ofNepal’s disaster management division. All the casualties were in those three districts, located north-west of the capital, Katmandu.

At least 38 people, including trekkers from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan, died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week. So far, 34 bodies have been identified. Most of them have been flown to nearby towns or Katmandu for autopsies.

Rescuers retrieved the bodies of nine Nepalese porters Sunday from a mountain slope. The bodies were spotted a day earlier by a rescue helicopter, but it took hours for rescuers to reach them on foot.

Also on Sunday, Nepalese officials closed a section of the popular Annapurna trekking circuit because new groups of hikers had been streaming into the area where most of the victims died.

The snowstorms were whipped up by the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days earlier. Hikers were caught off-guard when the weather changed quickly.

Most of the victims were on or near the Annapurna trekking route, a 140-mile collection of trails through the mountain range. Most of the casualties were among those caught on the Thorong La pass, one of the highest points on the circuit.

www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/20/ne...zard-mountain-search
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