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South Koreans, Nepalis among seven climbers killed in Himalayas, two missing

2018-10-14 07:29
At least seven mountaineers were killed after their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal was hit by a storm, police said on October 13, in the country's worst climbing disaster in two years. Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said villagers who reached the site at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a 7,913 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), on Saturday spotted seven bodies in the mountain slopes. Nine climbers had been reported missing. A member of the search team, Chhiring Dhenduk Bhote, told Reuters that five South Korean climbers and four Nepalis were among the missing. He said an avalanche had hit Gurja and it was impossible to land as "everything" was destroyed, adding that his team would resume the search tomorrow. The area lies about 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, and the autumn climbing season is now at its peak. Income from foreign climbers is a major source of revenue for the cash-strapped nation. Credit: Reuters