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US News New avalanches in Nepal interrupt search for 7 trekkers

11:20  19 january  2020
11:20  19 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche that swept a popular Himalayan trekking route has left at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing The missing trekkers , two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s, were teachers who were in Nepal for volunteer work, the ministry

An avalanche has swept a popular trekking route in Nepal 's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans The avalanche hit along the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles The missing trekkers - two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s - were teachers who

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File)

New avalanches falling on a popular trekking route in Nepal forced rescuers to halt their search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were believed to have been swept by a snowslide, an official said Sunday.

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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Seven trekkers , including four South Koreans, went missing in Nepal 's northwest Himalayan region after an avalanche hit The avalanche was triggered by heavy rain and snowfall, they said. "Four of our Korean clients, who were trekking in the Annapurna region are not in

Trekkers on the avalanche -prone Annapurna circuit, a technically difficult mountain with a higher death rate than Mount Everest. An avalanche in Nepal ’s Annapurna region has left at least seven people missing, including four South Koreans and three Nepalis , officials said Saturday.

Some 200 climbers have been rescued from other parts of the trekking trail and flown to safety by helicopters over the weekend, Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said.

Acharya said that new, smaller avalanches made it dangerous for rescuers to approach the area where the missing trekkers were last seen.

Video: Rescuers search for missing South Korean climbers after avalanche in Nepal (Reuters)

A second search mission is being planned for the missing South Koreans and local guides but it would have to wait for snow and ice to stop falling before the operation resumes.

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The avalanche was triggered by heavy rain and snowfall, they said. "Four of our Korean clients, who were trekking in the Annapurna region are not in The incident comes as the annual trekking season in Nepal , home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks including Mount Everest, is drawing

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The Friday avalanche hit along the popular Mount Annapurna circuit trekking route following rains and snow earlier in the week.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the avalanche hit at an altitude of 3,230 meters (10,600 feet) before noon Friday. It said five other South Korean members of the same team were safe and taking shelter in a lodge.

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The missing trekkers - two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s - were teachers who were staying in Nepal for volunteer work, the ministry said, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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Seven trekkers , including four South Koreans, went missing in Nepal 's northwest Himalayan region after an Four helicopters have been deployed for the search and rescue mission with police and local volunteers also looking The incident comes as the annual trekking season in Nepal , home to eight

An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles The incessant snowfall caused the avalanche near a popular trekking route in the Himalayan country. “But we could not land the helicopters at the main avalanche -hit area from where trekkers are missing,” said

The agency said South Korea has dispatched an emergency response team of two government workers along with officials from an education body and a tourism agency to Kathmandu to assist in the search operations. The South Korean consul based in the Nepalese capital departed for the accident site to call for the continuation of the rescue operation, Yonhap reported.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in © Getty South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed the upmost efforts to find the missing trekkers in a Facebook message posted on Sunday, the agency said.

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