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7 climbers killed, 2 lacking after storm sweeps by Nepal base camp

KATHMANDU, NEPAL — Seven folks, together with South Korean climbers, have been killed and two extra are lacking on Gurja Himal mountain after a powerful storm swept by their base camp, Nepalese police stated Saturday. A storm destroyed their camp Friday night, and two rescue helicopters have been unable to land due to dangerous climate circumstances on the mountain Saturday, police stated.

Villagers who reached base camp Saturday afternoon discovered the our bodies of 4 South Korean climbers, two Nepalese guides and one other particular person but to be recognized, whereas the search was persevering with for 2 extra, police official Bir Bahadur Budamagar stated. There have been 5 South Korean climbers and 4 Nepalese guides within the camp when the robust storm hit.

“The camp was utterly destroyed,” Myagdi district official Liladhar Adhikari instructed BBC Information. “[A recovery team] may see the our bodies of the climbers scattered close to the camp.”

It was unlikely the climate would clear on Saturday and helicopter flights have been prone to be attainable solely on Sunday. A police group was heading towards the bottom camp on foot and can doubtless attain there on Sunday, Budamagar stated.

The climbers have been trying to scale the 23,590-foot peak in the course of the autumn climbing season.

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