South Asia

10 dead, more missing in Everest avalanche

The numbers of climbers have skyrocketed in recent years, with more than 800 people during the 2013 spring season.

The numbers of climbers have skyrocketed in recent years, with more than 800 people during the 2013 spring season.  

An avalanche triggered by the massive earthquake in Nepal swept across Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.



The avalanche struck between the Khumbu Icefall, a notoriously treacherous area of collapsed ice and snow, and the base camp where most climbing expeditions prepare to make their summit attempts, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.



30 tents flattened



The avalanche ploughed into a part of the base camp, a sprawling village of climbers, guides and porters, flattening at least 30 tents, Tshering said. With communication very limited at the Everest, it was not immediately clear how many of those injured and killed were at the base camp, and how many were elsewhere on the mountain.



An official with Nepal’s mountaineering department, Gyanendra Shrestha, said the bodies of 10 people had been recovered and an unknown number remained missing or injured.

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