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World Rescuers dig for trekkers missing in Nepal avalanche

16:00  21 january  2020
16:00  21 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday, January 20, for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Hi Soldiers have joined a team using drones and helicopters and digging in deep snow at 3,230 meters where the avalanche struck.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — New avalanches falling on a popular trekking route in Nepal forced rescuers to halt their search for four South Korean Acharya said that new, smaller avalanches made it dangerous for rescuers to approach the area where the missing trekkers were last seen.

a view of a snow covered mountain: FILE PHOTO:  Climbers await rescue after an avalanche hit in Deurali© Reuters/SIMRIK AIR / ANANDA THAPA FILE PHOTO: Climbers await rescue after an avalanche hit in Deurali

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers began digging through several feet snow at two mountainside locations in Nepal on Tuesday where four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides are thought to be trapped, officials said.

The hikers have been missing since Friday, after being swept away by an avalanche during a trek in the region of Mount Annapurna, the world's tenth highest mountain.

Nepal Tourism Board official Nandini Thapa said army rescuers, who were ferried in by helicopter, had already started digging.

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The missing trekkers , two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s, are teachers who were staying in Nepal for volunteer work Sandesh Pandey of Jangbogo Tour Nepal , which helped organise the trek, said the four missing people were part of an 11-member team from South Korea.

An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal 's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing , authorities said So far, rescuers have been able to pluck 30 trekkers who were trapped by the avalanche blocking the trail and flew them to a safe area.

"It is very deep ice and the work would take time," Thapa said.

Army official Gokul Bhandari said the nine rescuers would spend the night there and continue the search early on Wednesday.

The operation could take several weeks as the avalanche had dumped up to 12 feet (3.6 meters) at the site of the disaster, about 150 km (90 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, rescuer Bijay K.C. said.

The incident comes as the winter trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, is drawing to a close this month.

In 2018, five South Koreans and four Nepali guides on a Himalayan climbing expedition were flung to their deaths after a huge block of ice crashed over a cliff into a narrow mountain gorge.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Devjyot Ghoshal and Giles Elgood)

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